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Undefeated WBO Lightweight champion Terry Flanagan’s manager has reportedly made an offer to bring Jorge Linares back to Manchester for the chance to unify the division against his champion after being ringside at Linares v Crolla II.
Crolla is coming off the back of two defeats at the hands of Jorge Linares and the division champions all seem to be making a lot of noise. Mikey Garcia is also keen to face Linares along side Flanagan, but you would imagine Linares see’s the Mancunian as the easier opponent of the two.
Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport has stated he thinks Crolla should earn £1m despite coming off the back of two losses and having no titles, however this is also another way of saying they don’t want the fight unless absurd money is on the table. Something that Frank Warren is unlikely to put on the table for his fighter Flanagan.
“Anthony is a lovely lad,” stated Wood, who manages Flanagan, “and you can’t help but admire what he’s achieved in the sport. But I knew Linares would be too much for him again. Linares is excellent; he’s had a long career but at 31 is not on the up, and he still had far too much for Anthony.
“I manage the best lightweight in the world, and Terry will show that against Petrov and put a smile back on the faces of all those Manchester fans who were left disappointed last weekend. Just like Crolla, Terry is a really top lad. He’s very understated and doesn’t shout his mouth off, which can go against him in this sport. But the most important thing is that he can really fight.
“Petrov is the best lightweight outside of the current champions and will be an excellent test, but Terry is determined to put on a spectacular performance and give the fans at the Manchester Arena something to cheer about.
“Both Crolla and Linares had options to face Terry but they chose to swerve him and fight each other again, and that’s because they know he’d beat them. Styles make fights and I strongly believe Terry would not just beat Linares, but stop him. There is an offer on the desk of ‘Golden Boy’, so that when Terry beats Petrov, Linares can return to Manchester for the unification.
“Manchester should now get behind their only lightweight world champion, who at 32-0 has the best record in the country. Terry Flanagan is the fighter to make Manchester proud again, and the man to unify the lightweight world titles.