By Frank Warren, courtesy of The Daily Star
TERRY FLANAGAN and Joe Calzaghe have something in common.
Both men have spent large chunks of their careers being avoided by the other top fighters in their divisions.
Flanagan is desperate to get out before the end of the year but it is a struggle to get the big names to face him.
The WBO lightweight champion wanted to face WBA title holder Jorge Linares but it looks like he is going to fight WBC champion Mikey Garcia.
That is extremely disappointing.
Linares was offered far more money than he got for his two fights with Anthony Crolla in Manchester but he has turned our offers down.
Flanagan and I believe he is the best in the division but he wanted to fight the Venezuelan banger to prove that.
This reminds me of how Calzaghe had to go chasing Bernard Hopkins back when he was reigning supreme in the super-middleweight division.
Even when Hopkins did finally face him he didn’t want to. But hopefully one day we can finally nail down Linares.
There are two ways of avoiding a fight – price yourself out or just say no. Linares is doing the former so far.
Flanagan doesn’t want or need these tick over fights he has had since he won the WBO title.
He drives me mad looking for the big fights so it is not like he doesn’t want them but we are hoping to announce a fight for him next week.
Also, we will look to get WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders out in December as he looks to keep busy now he has got his mind on the job.
We still want the winner of the rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez next year, but it seems a lifetime away for now so we will have to be patient.
This weekend in Stuttgart, Chris Eubank Jnr faces Avni Y?ld?r?m in the latest super-middleweight clash in the World Boxing Super Series.
If he is half the fighter his father thinks he is then he will be something else but this tournament won’t prove he is the best in that division because the best names – like James DeGale – are not in it.