November 29, 2016
November 29, 2016
Vasyl Lomachenko

Mikey Williams/Top Rank

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TERRY FLANAGAN has called to fight brilliant Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko in 2017.

Lomachenko, winner of two Olympic gold medals, was widely regarded as finest amateur boxer in the world. Only eight fights into his professional career, Vasyl has already become a two-weight world champion. Most recently, on Saturday (November 26), he completed the first defence of his WBO super-featherweight title in Las Vegas, battering and frustrating Nicholas Walters until the latter retired himself on his stool.

Fighting Flanagan, who defended his WBO lightweight crown from Orlando Cruz earlier that same night in Cardiff, would offer Lomachenko the chance to become a three-weight world champion potentially in merely 10 professional fights, an unprecedented feat.

Manchester’s Flanagan is up for the challenge. “Hopefully Frank [Warren, his promoter] will make that fight next year. I’d jump at the chance. Everybody will put Lomachenko as a big favourite in that fight but I think with my boxing skills we’d box off together and it would make for a great fight,” Terry said.

“Lomachenko’s seen as the best. That would be a great fight. Or to get a unification fight out of any of the other champions would be great before I eventually move up. Eventually I’ll win another world title at another weight. I’ll hopefully unify the division before I do that.

“I’ll wait for them and hopefully show everyone what I’m capable of.”