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Photos: Terry Flanagan, Maurice Hooker - Go Face To Face

SHOWTIME Sports has secured the U.S. rights to stream the long-awaited return of former heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury, who will face Sefer Seferi in a 10-round heavyweight bout Saturday, June 9 from Manchester Arena. SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL® will stream live exclusively to U.S. audiences on the SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page and SHOWTIME Sports YouTube Channel beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT.

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In the opening bout, local hero Terry Flanagan (33-0, 13 KO’s) will look to become a two-division world champion when he clashes with unbeaten American Maurice Hooker (23-0-3, 16 KO’s) for the vacant WBO Junior Welterweight crown. This will be the fourth live streaming boxing event this year on SHOWTIME Sports social media platforms.

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Live coverage for the Frank Warren promoted event will be provided by BT Sport and BoxNation with U.K. sportscasters John Rawling providing the blow-by-blow and Richie Woodhall the analysis. Boxing broadcaster Ray Flores and analyst Chris Mannix will deliver pre-fight and post-fight analysis from Staples Center in Los Angeles for the SHOWTIME Sports audience.

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The live stream of Fury vs. Seferi will precede that evening’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® doubleheader that features WBA Featherweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz in a rematch against fellow three-division world champion Abner Mares live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed in the West Coast) from Staples Center. In the co-feature, Jermell Charlo will face Austin Trout for the WBC Super Welterweight World Championship.

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Fury (25-0, 18 KOs), a former WBA, WBO and IBF Heavyweight World Champion will end a two-years-and-seven-months exile from the sport on June 9. Fury has been inactive since outpointing Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf in November 2015 due to an injury, personal problems and a doping ban.

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Albania’s Seferi (23-1, 21 KOs) is a 39-year-old Switzerland-based cruiserweight who is stepping up in weight and opposition when he faces the 6-foot-9 Fury. Seferi’s sole loss came in 2016 in a heavyweight bout against now-secondary WBA heavyweight champ Manuel Charr.

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Flanagan, the first Englishman to earn a lightweight world title, will seek to capture a title in a second weight class just days away from his 29th birthday. Hooker, a southpaw from Dallas, Texas and ShoBox alum, has been training with Terence Crawford. Hooker will look to follow in the footsteps of fellow Dallas resident Errol Spence Jr., who went to Kell Brook’s hometown of Sheffield, England to capture his first world title.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Marvlus Marv on 06-09-2018

[QUOTE=Corelone;18840585]That's what I'm saying. A vacant title, a fringe contender, and all the comforts of home.[/QUOTE] Sorry, man. Thought you were saying the [B][I]only [/I][/B]fix in this is on Terry's side. Anyway, I'm sticking my neck out and saying that…

Comment by JohnP2 on 06-08-2018

All you people talking greasy about Maurice...okay, that's cool. But if we want to keep it real let's at least do that. I mean it's not like Flannagan is some kind of a killer or anything, and DAMN sure hasn't…

Comment by Outworn on 06-07-2018

�� Terry Flanagan says he would “jump at the chance” to enter the 2018/19 World Boxing Super Series super-lightweight tournament and believes his manager has already had initial talks about it. [@MENSports]— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn)…

Comment by Corelone on 06-07-2018

[QUOTE=Marvlus Marv;18839715]Hooker got one of the worst draws ever vs Darleys Perez. He lost every round of 10 by a country mile. So he's got history, too.[/QUOTE] That's what I'm saying. A vacant title, a fringe contender, and all the…

Comment by Marvlus Marv on 06-07-2018

[QUOTE=Corelone;18839217]I've seen enough of these hometown spectacles out of Warren to expect this. You can bet on Flanagan's next fight too. It will be at home, probably Crolla, risk is not in Warren's plans. Maurice won't walk out of there…

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