Terry Flanagan fights out of the country for the first time in New Orleans, the native land of his opponent — unbeaten puncher Regis Prograis.
You may say he has all of it to do against the highest seed within the super-lightweight World Boxing Super Series.
And he has.
But that tells you what Flanagan is all about — a tricky lad from Manchester attaining for the celebrities.
In a way, he is at all times been the underdog, retro in some way such a lot of potentialities are that don’t boast glittering Olympic resumes.
He accomplished his global identify goals 3 years in the past, beating Jose Zepeda for the WBO light-weight belt vacated through the good Terence Crawford.
Five stout defences adopted before shedding a break up choice in June to Maurice Hooker after stepping as much as super-lightweight to fight for the department’s vacant WBO identify.
But Flanagan have been injured, hadn’t fought for 14 months and had long gone up a weight, all stumbling blocks he had no longer confronted before.
He comes right here with one thing to end up. And this is when he’s at his highest.
Prograis is a heavy-handed, walk-you-down, take-you-out kind.
He’s crude, however a shockingly dynamic fighter with 19 KOs in 22 fights.
Having stopped Julius Indongo in March and Juan Velasco 4 months later, Prograis isn’t coming briefly on self belief.
But Flanagan may be very good, has a excellent chin and brings accelerate with him, which permits him to peer photographs fractionally sooner than a super-lightweight would.
Flanagan needs to be disciplined from begin to end, stay his focus, hang the centre of the hoop, and avoid the ropes to present himself room to defuse the large photographs.
He will see them coming.
As quickly as Prograis units to punch, Flanagan wishes to stay a jab in his mouth and step sideways or again.
In the first part a dozen rounds, he has to stay it at the lengthy finger, jab and transfer, be as evasive as he will also be.
You must favour Prograis, almost certainly through past due stoppage, however Flanagan has a possibility if he can take him into the later rounds. Only then can he begin to change.
Also at the invoice is a 2nd WBSS quarter-final between Ivan Baranchyk and Anthony Yigit, who’re additionally contesting the IBF super-lightweight crown.
This has particular importance for us since Josh Taylor will face the winner, if he comes thru his quarter-final subsequent week against unbeaten Ryan Martin.
It’s going to be a thrilling 8 days for British boxing, and who is aware of? We could even see an all-British final subsequent year.
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