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It's official. Stephen Ormond's rescheduled WBO European lightweight title defence against undefeated British hope Terry Flanagan has been upgraded to world title eliminator status.

Illness prevented the pair meeting late last year. But February 14 in Wolverhampton is the date when it's also decided who gets to have a crack at the belt currently held by Terence Crawford, who says he's vacating.

Dubliner Ormond (17-1, 8 KOs) has been in excellent form since winning the European title in London in September 2013 when he put his opponent Adam Mate on the floor three times in round one.

Since then he's defended his belt three times, the last when he stopped Karim El Ouazghari in the fifth in Belfast.

Six years younger at 25, Terry Flanagan (26-0, 10 KOs) is unimpressed by Clondalkin fighter Stephen Ormond's reputation.

"I'm the bigger, stronger, better and more skilful fighter," he insists.

"I'm going all out to take Ormond apart."

From Manchester, Flanagan relishes having home advantage against Ormond. "He's coming over from Ireland so I'm going to make sure I'm the winner on home soil," he states.

As expected, 'The Rock', who's fought most of his pro fights outside Ireland, shrugs off Flanagan's claims.

"I can't wait to get it on," he enthuses. "A boxing ring is a boxing ring, wherever it is. As long as I can fight in a ring, I'll win."

"I'm the champion," Ormond says. "I'll keep my title and get the world title shot."

Sponsored by Conal's Tree Service, he adds, "I'm on the verge of fulfilling my dreams."


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