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Ryan Martin, Terry Flanagan Aim To Shake Up WBSS Tourney

By Keith Idec

The World Boxing Super Series announced the last two participants Wednesday in its upcoming 140-pound tournament.

Former WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan and unbeaten contender Ryan Martin have joined the eight-fighter field for a tournament that’ll begin on an undetermined date in the fall. Flanagan (33-1, 13 KOs), a southpaw from Manchester, England, and Cleveland’s Martin (22-0, 12 KOs) have join a group that includes Russia’s Ivan Baranchyk (18-0, 11 KOs), New Orleans’ Regis Prograis (22-0, 19 KOs), Belarus’ Kiryl Relikh (22-2, 19 KOs), Scotland’s Josh Taylor (13-0, 11 KOs), Russia’s Eduard Troyanovsky (27-1, 24 KOs) and Sweden’s Anthony Yigit (21-0-1, 7 KOs).

The 29-year-old Flanagan lost to Maurice Hooker last month in their 12-round fight for the WBO’s vacant junior welterweight title. Dallas’ Hooker (24-0-3, 16 KOs) defeated the favored Flanagan by split decision June 9 at Manchester Arena in Manchester.

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“I’m excited to enter this tournament with some of the best fighters in my division,” Flanagan said in a press release. “I’m expecting some tough fights, but that’s exactly what I’m in the business for.”

The 25-year-old Martin most recently beat Colombian veteran Breidis Prescott (31-13, 22 KOs) by unanimous decision in an eight-round bout May 5 at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

“My height and speed will be too much for the other boxers in the tournament,” Martin said.

The quarterfinal matches for the WBSS’ 140-pound tournament will be determined Friday as part of its “Draft Gala” at Rossiya Theatre in Moscow.

Two of those fights already are set. Relikh must make a mandatory defense of his WBA title against Troyanovsky and the IBF has ordered a Baranchyk-Yigit fight for its vacant championship.

DAZN, a streaming service that’ll begin offering boxing September 22, will provide coverage of the WBSS’ entire 140-pound tournament.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Corelone on 07-19-2018

[QUOTE=BigZ44;18948646]What does Hearn have to with this? He doesn't represent any of these fighters. I would think Taylor/Flanagan would be an enormous fight up in Scotland. Regardless though, the fighters get to pick their opponents, so the promoters won't have…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 07-19-2018

[QUOTE=Randall Cunning;18948962]That's not how the WBSS works. Schaefer promotes the US fights and Kalle the rest. Promoter gives up involvement in the fighter when they enter.[/QUOTE] We'll see if that's how things play out.

Comment by daggum on 07-18-2018

terry flannagan....tournament ruined

Comment by Randall Cunning on 07-18-2018

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;18948946]I know. Eddie Hearn doesn't seem to have much of a problem with the McGuigans, but that can't be said for Frank Warren. Either way, Flanagan will either get picked to be the opponent for Taylor (where McGuigan will run…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 07-18-2018

[QUOTE=Randall Cunning;18948926]Barry McGuigan is Josh Taylors promoter[/QUOTE] I know. Eddie Hearn doesn't seem to have much of a problem with the McGuigans, but that can't be said for Frank Warren. Either way, Flanagan will either get picked to be the…

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