Flanagan v Hooker added to the Tyson Fury comeback card

Flanagan v Hooker added to the Tyson Fury comeback card
Flanagan confident of becoming a two-weight world champion on June 9 at the Manchester Arena against undefeated Hooker

Undefeated ‘Turbo’ Terry Flanagan (33-0, 13KOs) will face Maurice Hooker (23-0-3, 16KOs) on June 9 in the Manchester Arena for the vacant WBO super-lightweight title.

The fight was originally scheduled to take place on the Saunders-Murray undercard but was cancelled due to an injury that the WBO middleweight champion sustained in training.

Now the re-scheduled 140 pound bout has been added to the Tyson Fury comeback card which also includes young heavyweight prospect Nathan Gorman.

This is Flanagan’s first fight since moving up from the lightweight division and is confident that he can become a two-weight world champion against the undefeated American.

“Winning this fight will prove that I’m a legitimate 140 pound fighter,” said Flanagan. “I’ll be looking to unify all of the belts later in the year. I’m looking for the likes of Mikey Garcia after I win the WBO belt on June 9th. It’s a massive unification fight and I hope those are the fights Frank can make.

“He is a very good unbeaten fighter, he fights on the back foot and looks to catch you from distance. I’m not looking past Hooker but I’m very confident I’ll be able to deal with anything he throws at me to become a two-weight World Champion.”

His opponent from Dallas, Texas has been sparring with pound for pound king Terrence Crawford in preparation for Flanagan and did not hold back in his assessment of the Manchester-based fighter.

“I’m gonna wake him up,” said Hooker. “He’s weak and he’s soft. He hasn’t fought anybody. He fights little guys. I hit hard with both hands. He’s never fought anyone with skills like me. He runs a lot. He does that real good. Power? He hasn’t got any power. He pitty-pats!”

“I’ve been watching his fights. He holds a lot, he uses his forearm to the head. He does a lot of stuff dirty. I’m going to stop him and I’m going to show him who’s the best at 140! It could be the first round, second round or third round… but he’s going down!”

Fighting talk from the 28-year-old but stepping out in front of a strong pro-Mancunian crowd will not be easy. Flanagan will be pumped up for this one and so will his fans so let’s see if the American can back up his words come fight night.

Massive boxing and English football fan from South East London, England

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