Terry Flanagan is not looking to change his lifestyle even though he won the WBO world lightweight title on Saturday in Manchester, and pay per head software services were very happy to learn that the fighter is staying humble despite his big win.
Flanagan’s fans were thrilled to see him clinch the empty title at the Manchester Arena when Jose Zepeda pulled out during the fight’s second round due to an injury to the shoulder. The fighter said that he won’t be buying a new vehicle, as he’s happy to drive his Volkswagen Polo, and his new belt will be given to Steve Maylett, his coach.
The 26-year old, who’s the first boxer from England to win the lightweight world title in the sport’s history, as well as the first world champion who came out of Manchester since the famous Ricky Hatton, said: “I take every day as it comes. I’m just the same old me.
And his fans are confident that he’ll stay that way.
“I’ll still be walking up the street tomorrow. I’ll still drive my Polo. I only use it to go to the gym. I’m not bothered about cars. I’d rather buy a house than a fancy car and drive about like I’m someone I’m not.
“I’m off on holiday so I’ll give it [the belt] to my coach Steve. He’ll have it in his house. I’m not that bothered. He can keep hold of it. He’s the one who deserves it because without him, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
The fighter could be out on holiday, but he’s not planning to miss the showdown taking place on Saturday between Darleys Perez and Anthony Crolla – and hehinted that a British unification clash could be on the horizon, something that boxing fans everywhere would really like to see happen.
He added: “I’ll be watching and sending him a good luck message. The unification would be good. Hopefully if he does go and win the title it can happen but let him enjoy that if he does.”
The fight between Crolla and Perez – one that pay per head software services believe will be huge – is set to take place on what would be another massive night of boxing. Scott Quigg will put his world title on the line when he faces Kiko Martinez, and the fans also can’t wait to see this clash get underway.