Terry Flanagan and Martin Gethin will clash for the vacant British lightweight championship at the Phones4u Arena in Manchester on Saturday, 26 July.
The addition of the potential domestic thriller adds to an already quality packed card headlined by Dereck Chisora’s big heavyweight showdown with bitter rival Tyson Fury, also featuring British stars Billy Joe Saunders, Liam Smith, Jack Catterall and Nathan Brough all in title action.
The British title was vacated by Derry Mathews, who defeated former title holder Gethin in May in Liverpool, after he picked up an ear injury and was unable to meet his commitment to face Flanagan on the show.
Walsall hero Gethin is thrilled to be fighting for his old title again and has promised to regain it by inflicting the first loss on Flanagan’s record.
“I’m really looking forward to it. To get back in the ring so soon after the close points loss to Mathews with the opportunity to win back my British title and become a two-time champion is fantastic. I’ve kept myself fit and in shape and thankfully it paid off when I got the call to fight Flanagan,” said Gethin.
“Flanagan’s a good boxer, he’s a busy fighter, but he hasn’t been tested yet. I’m his first big test, let’s see how he handles it and what he’s made of.
“That is my belt, I thought I won the fight with Derry, it was close fight, but I had the work-rate and for the last four rounds Mathews was holding. He didn’t deserve to win because you’re meant to tear the title from the champion and he didn’t do that. But that’s happened and it’s in the past and now I can get my belt back by beating Flanagan.”
Manchester star Flanagan is undefeated in 24 fights and has been tipped as a future world champion, but says he can cope with the biggest test of his career so far.
“My time has come, I can’t wait,” stormed Flanagan.
“I’ve seen Gethin plenty of times, I really don’t need to keep watching and studying him as he boxes the same each time and even if he did pull a surprise and change his style against me for this fight I’ll still deal with him.
“He’s a good strong domestic fighter, I need to get past him to show what I can do and what I can go on and achieve. There’s nothing I’ve seen from him that I can’t handle or makes me wary of him, in fact, this will be about if he can keep me off him.
“By knockout or points, the British title is leaving with me.”
Dereck Chisora v Tyson Fury headlines the show for the European and vacant British heavyweight title and final eliminator for the WBO world title; Billy Joe Saunders is challenging Emanuele Blandamura for the vacant European middleweight championship; Terry Flanagan v Martin Gethin for the vacant British lightweight championship; Liam Smith defends his British light middleweight title; Liam Walsh defends his Commonwealth super featherweight championship; Jack Catterall faces Nathan Brough for the vacant Central Area light welterweight championship; plus an action-packed undercard featuring the best young talent.
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Courtesy of the Queensberry Promotions press office