WBO champion Terry Flanagan to fight Derry Mathews on February 13
WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (29-0, 12 KOs) will fight domestic rival Derry Mathews (38-9-2, 20 KOs) on February 13 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
Flanagan, 26, won the title in July when he defeated Jose Zepeda, who could not continue after the second round due to a dislocated left shoulder, and will make his second defence in the challenger's backyard.
The Manchester man destroyed Diego Magdaleno in two rounds last month in his last outing.
“It’s something I’ve wanted so now let’s get down to business and settle who’s the best, which I know will be me,” said Flanagan.
“I’m more than confident in winning so I’ve got no problem heading into his backyard and beating him in front of his home fans.
“I’ve got massive support in Liverpool as well so I’ll have some of the crowd behind me. I’m not writing Mathews off as he’s a good and experienced fighter, he’s held a version of the world title and he’ll rise to the fight against me.
“Following on from the great win against Magdaleno, I’m looking to make another big statement against Mathews. His style is made for me and I can see myself breaking him down from the start and getting the stoppage.”
Mathews outpointed Tony Luis to win the vacant interim WBA lightweight title in April in his last outing, but opted to vacate the belt and challenge Flanagan.
The 32-year-old will be gunning for revenge against Flanagan after losing to him in a Prizefighter tournament in October 2012. Flanagan scored a second round knockdown and won a three round decision.
“Flanagan is a great champion, but I’ll be bringing his brief reign to an end,” said Mathews.
“It’s a fight that I know I’ll win, it’s not going to be easy as he’s a good fighter, but I know I can beat him.
“ I’m going to bring a second world title back to Merseyside. Revenge will be sweet when I win the world title.”