Flanagan is up against it on away turf, writes Daniel Herbert
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.
IN DEEP: Flanagan [pictured] faces dangerous Prograis