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Photos: Terry Flanagan, Maurice Hooker - Ready For Title Clash

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.

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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 alexguiness on 06-09-2018

[QUOTE=Corelone;18843856]Warren isn't feeding anybody anything unless he gets fed too. That's probably the hold up here. Turbo won't hunt. He can't sell Turbo in the US like Smith or Brook and Warren won't pay to get Terry beat at home.…

Comment by Corelone on 06-09-2018

[QUOTE=GlassJoey;18842058]Very good point but sometimes Frank likes to end his association with a boxer by feeding them to the pigs so I thought Hooker might be that guy. I think Frank wants to make Flanagan into the longest ever unbeaten…

Comment by GlassJoey on 06-08-2018

[QUOTE=Corelone;18842013]Dear UK boxing fan. Has Warren ever imported a good fighter? Especially to face his meal ticket?[/QUOTE] Very good point but sometimes Frank likes to end his association with a boxer by feeding them to the pigs so I thought…

Comment by Boxnation fan on 06-08-2018

Looking forward to this fight. I'll be there in the arena to see it live.

Comment by Corelone on 06-08-2018

[QUOTE=GlassJoey;18841937]Terry Flanagan is looking ridiculously skinny but he’s moved up so he should be struggling too badly. Dear US boxing fans, is Hooker any good?[/QUOTE] Dear UK boxing fan. Has Warren ever imported a good fighter? Especially to face his…

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