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Flanagan injured, title defense with Verdejo postponed

Terry Flanagan reportedly has a leg injury.

Boxing at Manchester Arena Photo by Mark Robinson/Getty Images

Terry Flanagan’s WBO lightweight title defense against Felix Verdejo is right back on the back-burner. The fight had been targeted for September 16 on the Billy Joe Saunders vs. Willie Monroe Jr. undercard, but Frank Warren informed Top Rank’s Carl Moretti yesterday that the fight will need to be pushed back.

"They're 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.

“[Verdejo’s team is] disappointed, but Verdejo will continue training hard and we'll see what happens with the rescheduling of it, and plan accordingly."

Moretti isn’t aware of the specifics of Flanagan’s injury, but the WBO has requested medical documentation verifying the claim.

Ironically enough, this very same fight had previously been pushed off after Verdejo was involved in a dirt bike accident last summer, which had him on the sidelines for the second half of 2016. Verdejo has since come back to fight once, outpointing Oliver Flores in February.

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