News February 2017

FLANAGAN: "IF I'M NOT 100% AGAINST PETROV I COULD SLIP-UP"

15.02.2017


WBO Lightweight Champion of the World Terry Flanagan and his latest challenger Petr Petrov came face-to-face at a press conference today at the home of Premier League giants Manchester City ahead of their showdown at the Manchester Arena on Saturday 8th April, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

Undefeated Flanagan, a City fanatic and season ticket holder at the Etihad Stadium, is gearing up for the fifth defence of his WBO strap and insisted no corners will be cut in his preparation for former World Title challenger Petrov.

ďIf Iím not 100% against Petrov I could slip up,Ē said Flanagan. ďIf Iím not on my game heís a potential banana skin and I wonít get those big unification fights later on in the year. First and foremost I need to get in the gym and do the hard work. Me at my best beats him at his best.

ďHeís been at World level for years now and heís right up there. Heís got four losses on his record but they were all against good fighters. Petr is a seasoned fighter but on the night I can adapt and deal with whatever he brings.

ďPersonally I donít think youíve seen the best of me yet. Thereís still a lot more to come from me and Iím looking forward to showing people what I can do on April 8th. I still think Iím boxing within myself. Iíve never been behind in a fight so Iíve never had to show what Iím made of. Youíll see the best of me when I do go behind in a fight.

ďMy better nights are still to come, which says a lot a 32-0 and preparing to make my fifth World Title defence. Petrov is a great fighter, he can come at you and also box a bit. This is going to be a tough fight and your next fight is always your hardest fight. Every time Iíve boxed at arenas in Manchester Iíve come away with stoppage wins, I want to keep that up on April 8th.Ē[IMAGE1]

33-year-old Petrov (38-4-2, 19 KOs), a native of Russia who fights out of Spain, was stopped by Marcos Maidana in his previous attempt at a World Title back in 2011. Since dropping 12-round decision in 2013 to Dejan Zlaticanin, the WBO no.2 ranked danger man has won six fights in a row and says his experience gives him an edge over Flanagan.

ďIíve been waiting a very long time for another shot at a World Title,Ē said Petrov. ďFinally it has come around and I think at the age of 33 this fight has come at the perfect time for me. Iím quicker and more agile than ever, Iím in the best form of my life.

ďIím stronger and Iím smarter than I was earlier in my career. That comes from training in America, it has made me a more intelligent fighter. Los Angeles is a great place for sparring, Iíve been sparring with southpaws from Japan, Russia and the United States in preparation for Terry. I understand how important sparring is and thatís what weíll be paying attention to in the run up to the fight.

ďI respect Terry as an undefeated World Champion, you have to. He is a very good boxer but I still think he has a lot to show. Iíve been around the block and fought a lot of different opponents. If I prepare well and execute my game plan I know I can beat him."

Flanagan vs. Petrov tops a mouth-watering night of action at the Manchester Arena; Super-Welterweight rivals Liam Smith and Liam Williams clash in one of the most anticipated domestic dust-ups in recent times; slick South African Zolani Tete faces Arthur Villanueva in a final eliminator for the WBO World Bantamweight strap; double Olympic Gold Medallist and womenís boxing icon Nicola Adams OBE fights for the first time as a professional and former Team GB Heavyweight monster Daniel Dubois makes his highly-anticipated professional debut.

Elsewhere on the card former World Title challenger Jimmy Kelly takes on Bolton man Rick Godding in a tasty local tear-up; rising Super-Featherweight star Zelfa Barrett fights over six; Liverpool Super-Welterweight James Metcalf takes on Heywoodís Mark Thompson; undefeated Super-Lightweight Steven Lewis faces Andy Keates; Oldham Super-Middleweight Mark Heffron, Ellesmere Port Super-Welterweight Mason Cartwright, Manchester Cruiserweight Jordan Thompson and Super-Middleweight Anthony Leak complete a stacked card.

Tickets for April 8 priced £50, £70, £100, £150, £200, £300 and VIP £500 are available from eventim at www.eventim.co.uk and 0844 249 1000 and the Manchester Arena at www.manchester-arena.com and 0844 847 8000.

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