Frank Warren: Crolla Turned Down Big Flanagan Offer

By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star

FRANK WARREN believes British boxing is enjoying a golden era - and it will only get better.

The promoter is putting on a huge card of three world title fights in Manchester on October 10.

WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan makes the first defence of his title while Billy Joe Saunders takes on WBO middleweight king Andy Lee.

Liverpool's light-middleweight Liam Smith is the third world title fight as he takes on Michel Soro for the vacant WBO strap.

If Smith and Saunders come out on top and Flanagan retains his crown, Britain could have an impressive 10 world champions at the end of the night.

There are already a record seven from these shores with London's George Groves challenging WBC super-middleweight title holder Badou Jack on September 12 in Las Vegas.

Warren said: "I think it is a golden era. I remember seven or eight years ago, we had six or so world champions in a stadium from our stable.

"It is a great era. If you look at what the amateurs did at the Europeans recently. I think we had a gold and four silvers in the tournament, which is a record.

"We're doing really well in boxing. There's some super talent and some more coming through."

Saunders takes on Lee in Manchester after the Irishman was denied his chance to defend his WBO title in Limerick on September 19 due to illness.

Both fighters come from traveller backgrounds, but Saunders reckons losing hometown advantage could be crucial for Lee.

The Hatfield-based fighter said: "The fans do give you that little bit of a spur on when it's getting desperate in the fight, the fans they gee you on that little bit more. So yeah, it could be a factor."

Flanagan takes on Diego Magdaleno, who is mandatory challenger for his WBO lightweight title.

Warren admitted they made a big-money offer to Flanagan's Manchester rival Anthony Crolla, who fights out of the Matchroom stable. Crolla will instead face Darleys Perez in a rematch for the WBA championship.

The promoter added: "We offered him a lot of money to fight Terry. But he turned it down."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by HughJass on 08-18-2015

Can't wait for the Liam Smith-Michel Soro fight,that's got the potential to be fight of the night.

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