‘TURBO’ TEST

Flana­gan is up against it on away turf, writes Daniel Her­bert

Boxing News - - PREVIEWS -

SEA­SON II of the World Box­ing Su­per Series con­tin­ues on Satur­day (Oc­to­ber 27) with a pair of su­per-lightweight quar­ter-fi­nals hap­pen­ing on a Sauer­land pro­mo­tion at the Lake­front Arena in New Or­leans, Louisiana. Ex­cit­ing lo­cal hero Regis Pro­grais takes part in an all-south­paw match against Manch­ester’s Terry Flana­gan, who’s com­ing off a June split de­ci­sion loss to Mau­rice Hooker for the va­cant WBO 140lb ti­tle. Flana­gan, a for­mer WBO lightweight champ, fell to 33-1 (13), with his strengths be­ing rugged­ness and work rate (hence his nick­name “Turbo”), as op­posed to the con­cus­sive power of the 22-0 (19) Pro­grais, who has won his last seven in­side the dis­tance, in­clud­ing a tworound blowout of for­mer uni­fied su­perlightweight king Julius In­dongo. Big for 140lbs, Pro­grais has talked of mov­ing up to wel­ter, but as­sum­ing he’s on weight and fo­cused, he can bust Flana­gan up for a late stop­page.

The other quar­ter-fi­nal should see Ok­la­homa-based Rus­sian Ivan Baranchyk, 18-0 (11), out­point Swedish south­paw An­thony Yigit, 21-0-1 (7), for the va­cant IBF su­per-lightweight belt.

Photo: AC­TION IMAGES/JA­SON CAIRNDUFF

IN DEEP: Flana­gan [pic­tured] faces dan­ger­ous Pro­grais

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