Flanagan injured; bout vs. Verdejo postponed

From ESPN - July 17, 2017

Promoter Frank Warren informed Top Rank on Monday that lightweight world titleholder Terry Flanagan has suffered a leg injury, forcing his mandatory title defense against Felix Verdejo to be postponed, Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told ESPN.

Although the bout had not yet been formally announced, Flanagan-Verdejo was scheduled to take place on Sept. 16 at the Copper Box Arena in London on the same card on which middleweight world titleholder Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) will make his second defense against Willie Monroe Jr. (21-2, 6 KOs). Warren hosted a news conference on Monday in London to announce that fight, but did not address Flanagan-Verdejo.

Top Rank and Warren made a deal for the fight several weeks ago and then, on July 6, Top Rank chairman Bob Arum finally was able to come to terms with Verdejo manager/trainer Ricky Marquez on their end of the bout. Now it is delayed.

"They are claiming that Flanagan has a leg injury. Frank sent an email to Bob (on Monday) morning," Moretti said. "He said that Flanagan sustained a leg injury and that they will get back to us shortly on rescheduling the fight.


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