VIP Promotions kick off the new boxing season with an event topped by a genuine ‘trade’ fight that sees Manchester’s Terry Flannigan make the first defence of his English super-featherweight title against Troy ‘Terrifying’ James on ‘This Means War’ at Bowler’s Arena in Manchester on September 22.
Since turning pro in 2009, Flannigan has worked ferociously in the gym, been willing to travel away for tough sparring to learn his trade, and has steadily progressed into a bona-fide prospect. Unbeaten in 14, and after picking up the English crown in May, a crack at British honours lies tantalisingly over the horizon, but all that comes crashing down if the Mancunian, 23, isn’t able to overcome his toughest test to date – Coventry’s James.
Troy’s date with Flannigan is his big opportunity. Already the Midlands Area king after demolishing Barrington Brown in his last fight, if he can beat ‘Turbo’ Terry and lay claim to being England’s number one then he jumps the queue to higher honours. With just a single defeat in 14 bouts, and that coming in the Prizefighter format, James, 28, has been given time off from his day job as a plasterer to concentrate on training and will enter the ring supremely confident.
“What a way to start the new season! It’s tough times out there at the moment; people rightly want value for money, and that’s a priority for VIP Promotions,” stated promoter Steve Wood. “Boxing’s crying out for competitive fights and Flannigan versus James is a real 50-50 contest. I believe Terry can go further than the English title and he’s said that he’ll consider packing up if he loses to Troy, but this won’t be an easy fight. Troy’s record is almost identical to Terry’s and they’ve got similar results against common opponents. This will be a real battle but I’m confident Terry can do it.”