'World War III' Notes And Quotes From Manchester

By Terence Dooley 

Frank Warren’s huge bill at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night features a slew of title fights (eight in total) as well as two WBO title bouts.  

Britain’s Liam Smith (20-0-1, 10 KOs) and Terry Flanagan (28-0, 11 early) meet John Thompson (17-1, 6 stoppages) and Diego Magdaleno (28-1, 12 KOs) respectively in the two bill toppers.  All four fighters vowed to emerge victorious during the final presser for the show, which will be televised by BoxNation here in the U.K.
Smith and Thompson vie for the vacant WBO light-middleweight belt.  The New Jersey-based 26-year-old told Smith, 27, that he will have to look at the visitor’s Instagram account once the dust settles on their encounter.
“The belt’s coming back to America,” he said.  “It’s the last you’ll see of the belt unless you follow me on Instagram.  I’ve come to get my belt.”
Smith, though, believes he has the edge and will become the first of the four fighting brothers to bring a world title back to Merseyside.  “I’m privileged to be on one of the best cards of the year,” stated Smith. 
“I’ve seen enough of John to know I can take the best of him.  I think we’ll have a new world champion on Saturday.”
Terry Flanagan makes the first defence of lightweight title that he won when Jose Zepeda had to withdraw after the second round of their vacant WBO world title fight due to a dislocated shoulder.  “Turbo” was frustrated as the fans in attendance due to the unsatisfactory conclusion to his first world title bout, but he left the ring with the belt around his waist and has told BoxNation’s Steve Lillis that he will repeal the challenge of Magdaleno.
“I thought I might have to travel, but we’ve got it here in front of my own fans in Manchester,” he said.  “I watched Ricky Hatton box here 10 years ago against Kostya Tszyu and didn’t think I’d be here boxing for a world title.
“I’m good enough.  I’m starting to believe in myself a bit and will show people what I’m about on Saturday night.  The world title speaks for itself.”
Flanagan believes that is the best fighter in a packed domestic lightweight division, arguing that he broke away from the pack when winning a world title and vowing to make a successful first defence to prove that he belongs at that level.
“I do, yeah,” he said when asked if he thinks he is the best 135lber in the country.  “I’m the only one with a world title, others have tried and failed—I won it on my first attempt.  He’s ranked Number One with the WBO, he’s with Top Rank—they don’t just sign anyone—so it’s going to be a hard night, but more so for him.”
His challenger was equally as bullish when addressing the press for a final time; the 28-year-old paid tribute to his opponent before pledging to take the belt back home to Las Vegas.
“This is a fan friendly fight, two bad ass guys going up for a title and the best guy is going to win,” Magdanelo declared.  “I’ve put my all into this fight.  Everything has led to this point, there is no turning back.”
Please send news and views to @Terryboxing
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Josh Taylor Confident He'll Beat Postol, Secure Jose Ramirez Shot News: Antonio Tarver, Steele Beats Upsher, Charlotte Results Weekend Review: Stevenson vs. Jack Excites, Warrington Too Carl Frampton Welcomes Josh Warrington Showdown Jack: Stevenson Would've Gone Down if I Had 5, 10 More Seconds Mayweather: Judges Must Score More Than 30 Seconds of Rounds Joe Joyce To Return on June 15 at York Hall Lee Selby Eyes Weight Move To 130 After Losing IBF World Title Josh Warrington In Pole Position To Land Frampton Showdown Joshua: I'll Rain Down Hell on Wilder, F*** Him Up Real Bad Nico Hernandez Continues To Win Big With First Round Stoppage Jose Benavidez Aims To Secure Terence Crawford Showdown Gary Russell: I Want To Unify Next or Move Up in Weight With Stevenson-Jack, Toronto Arrives As A True Fight City Photos: Pacquiao Grinds Hard With Buboy For Matthysse Fight McDonnell Hits Japan, Feels Confident of Shocking Naoya Inoue Omar Chavez: Other Fighters Have Lost - They Are Now Legends! Adonis Stevenson Admits: I Need To Be More Active Chavez Sr. Angry, Trainer Shakes Head at Omar Chavez Defeat Adonis Stevenson To Badou Jack: Rematch Must Be in Canada! Jack: I Wasn't Hitting Stevenson Low; He Had His Cup Really High Stevenson's Promoter Impressed With Badou Jack's Performance Joseph Diaz Has No Excuses: Gary Russell a Tremendous Fighter Gary Russell vs. Joseph Diaz - CompuBox Punch Stats Diego Magdaleno Grabs Win in Mexico, Hopes For Title Shot Adonis Stevenson vs. Badou Jack - CompuBox Punch Stats Jack: Let's Do the Stevenson Rematch in Vegas, Sweden or the UK Tyson Fury Very Eager To Do a Job on Sefer Seferi on June 9 Photos: Eleider Alvarez Putting in Work For Sergey Kovalev Pacquiao is Pleased: Buboy Adapted The Style of Freddie Roach Photos: Gary Russell Shows His Class To Defeat Joseph Diaz Photos: Adonis Stevenson, Badou Jack - MONSTER Fight Gallery Warrington: Frampton in August is Too Soon, I Need More Time Jack Catterall: I Want The Winner of Flanagan vs. Hooker Ohara Davies Warms Up For Showdown With Josh Leather Video: Floyd Mayweather Reacts To The Stevenson-Jack Draw Adonis Stevenson: I Felt I Won, I Can Give Badou Jack a Rematch Video: Badou Jack Reacts To Draw Verdict With Adonis Stevenson Video: Adonis Stevenson Reacts To Draw Verdict With Jack Badou Jack: I Definitely Won, Maybe They Don't Like Mayweather

Latest Active Forum Threads