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Magdaleno: I Will Upset A lot of People in Manchester

By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star

TERRY FLANAGAN has been warned his dream night is going to be turned into a nightmare.

The Manchester-born world lightweight champion puts his WBO title on the line against American Diego Magdaleno on Saturday.

Flanagan, 26, has been dreaming of a world title fight at Manchester Arena since he sneaked in to watch his idol Ricky Hatton win the IBF belt against Kostya Tszyu at the same venue in 2005.

But mandatory challenger Magdaleno is in no mood to be part of a special Manchester night and insists it won't be one to remember for the home crowd.

Magdaleno has lost just once in a 29-fight career and is in his second world title fight having lost to Rocky Martinez in a super-featherweight showdown in 2013.

He said: "His fans may not know anything about me but I'm going to show them who I am.

"I'm a devastating fighter, when I get inside and do work I'm a killer.

"If anyone is sceptical about me they are in for a big shock.

"I'm planning to go in there and do what I do best. We are going to upset a lot of people in there and I don't care one bit.

"I've come here to get the belt and nothing will stop me doing that.

"We are here to capture a world title and we are definitely going home with it so he better get used to it."

Unbeaten Flanagan won the title in July when he took on Jose Zepeda for the vacant title.

The fight ended in the second round when Zepeda dislocated his left shoulder and could not continue.

And Magdaleno has told Flanagan he has to prove himself as that was no way to win a world title.

The Las Vegas-based fighter said: "I've seen him in the ring and I've seen he can fight, there is a lot of qualities of this guy but he has never been in the ring with someone like me.

"That world title fight was too short. He needs to prove himself in this fight. He got the title with the two-round win but he has to step up and prove himself to his own people as well.

"I'm ready for anything he brings. I've fought a lot better than him. He has never been in the same level as me."

Tickets are available from www.frankwarren.com , Manchester Arena on 0844 847 8000 and Eventim on www.eventim.co.uk and 0844 249 1000.

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