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Moore will be torn over Crolla and Flannigan in Prizefighter

By Terence Dooley

Salford boxing legend Jamie Moore will be torn when he sits down in the Sky TV studio tomorrow night to pour over the Prizefighter: The Lightweights line up.  Derry Mathews, Anthony Crolla, Gary Sykes, Jamie Spence, Tommy Coyle, Stephen Jennings, Terry Flannigan and Liam Patrick Walsh are all vying for Matchroom’s £32,000 cash prize Liverpool’s Olympia venue in what promises to be a bonanza of boxing action.

Although “Mooresy” will be “treading the line of neutrality”, to mangle a quote by arch-mangler Don King, the former British, Irish, European and Commonwealth light-middleweight world champion has a soft spot for the styles of two of the competitors.

“I said a couple of years ago that Anthony Crolla, a good mate of mine, has a great style,” said Moore when speaking to BoxingScene.  “Unfortunately he lost to Derry (Mathews) in a great British title fight, but I love Anthony’s fights. 

“Terry Flannigan, the first time I saw him I thought, ‘He is mint’ — he’s really good and can really go on in the future.  If he continues learning as he has done in the last 18-months then he will be phenomenal.”

Crolla, 23-3 (9), opens his Prizefighter ledger against Stephen Jennings, 5-1-1 (2), and will no doubt have an eye on Gary Sykes, 20-2 (5), and Liverpool’s amazingly popular comeback king Derry Mathews, 30-7-1 (16), who take on Tommy Coyle, 13-0 (4), and Jamie Spence, 10-3 (2), respectively in their opening bouts.

Flannigan, 15-0 (4), successfully defended his English super featherweight title by out-pointing Troy James in a 10-round thriller at Manchester’s Bowler’s Arena two-weeks ago.  The undefeated southpaw meets Liam Patrick Walsh 10-1 (3) in his opening bout, which could turn out to be fight of the night — and if that’s the case then Moore will have plenty to dissect after the first wave of bouts.

Sky Sports 1 and HD1 televise from 8.30pm here in the U.K.

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