Terry Flanagan-Derry Mathews rescheduled to March 12

27/01/2016 15:06

An injury to WBO lightweight Champion Terry Flanagan (29-0,12 KOs) has forced his world title defence against Derry Mathews (38-9-2, 20 KOs) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool to be rescheduled from February 13 to March 12 at the same venue.

The entire February 13 card is postponed to the new date, although one of the undercard fights, British and Commonwealth light middleweight champion Liam Williams against Nav Mansouri, is off because Williams is ill with a viral infection.

Flanagan has suffered severe tendonitis in his left foot that has left him unable to train for the all-British showdown, but the 28-year-old southpaw will begin specialist physiotherapy treatment immediately to ensure that he’s fit and ready for the new date.

"This is a real blow to me as I’ve never pulled out of a fight because of an injury,” said Flanagan. “I’ve had to take the advice of medical specialists on this occasion and I’ll be taking my treatment very seriously. I will return, back to my best, ready to defend my title successfully against Mathews."

Promoter Frank Warren said: "We’re all disappointed that Terry has suffered an injury and is unable to make the original date, but we’ve worked hard to ensure the showdown between Flanagan and Mathews remains top of the bill. It’s going to be a real war between these two warriors who are going to put everything on the line on the night."