Terry Flanagan Vs Derry Mathews – Preview and Prediction

Terry Flanagan puts his WBO World lightweight title on the line against Derry Mathews in a Manchester V Liverpool dust up at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

This will be veteran Liverpudlian Derry Mathews 50th career fight as he looks to finally land a legitimate world title after a solid career which has seen him win pretty much everything else domestically.

Standing in his way is Terry Flanagan, who has risen from Prizefighter winner to world champion in the space of 3 years, Flanagan actually beat Mathews in the semi final of that Prizefighter in 2012, however it is safe to say a 12 round world championship fight is a million miles away from the 3 round Prizefighter format.

Flanagan is a heavy betting favourite and looks a special, classy fighter and it is very easy to assume this should be a straight forward victory for the 26 year old from Manchester, however anybody who completely writes off Derry Mathews clearly does not know the man.

While I will agree he is facing an uphill task, at the very least Mathews has a punchers chance, and you can be sure everything will be left in the ring by Dirty Derry in Liverpool this Saturday night.

Flanagan is coming in off the back of a 2 round destruction of Diego Magdaleno, a fight many saw as being potentially competitive and the Manchester man is looking better and better as each fight progresses.

For me Terry Flanagan may just be something special and is possibly the best lightweight we have in the country right now and while as stated it would be overly dismissive to completely write off Mathews, I am expecting a Flanagan win this weekend, and a convincing one.

The bookmakers have a Flanagan KO/TKO victory at best price 4/5, and I think it happens, however I think the best bet is to take under 11 rounds at 4/6 Sky Bet, this then covers the play if Mathews was to find a game changer from somewhere.

This means providing the fight ends before the bell sounds to end the 10th round, the bets a winner.

PREDICTION: FLANAGAN TKO7

BETTING TIP: £30 on under 11 rounds 4/6 Sky Bet 

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