DiBella in talks with Warren for Pedraza vs. Flanagan in England
The promoters Lou DiBella and Frank Warren are in talks for a potential lightweight title fight between Jose Pedraza and champion Terry Flanagan for October in England, DiBella said on Thursday.
DiBella, who handles Pedraza, hopes to speak with Showtime boxing chief Stephen Espinoza in the next day or two about locking down a possible Showtime Boxing International date. Flanagan (31-0, 12 knockouts) currently holds the WBO lightweight title while Pedraza (22-0, 12 KOs) has a junior lightweight belt but would be willing to go up to challenge Flanagan, DiBella said.
“It’s nothing definite but we’ve had some conversations,” DiBella told a small group of reporters after a news conference for Errol Spence Jr.’s title eliminator with Leonard Bundu Sunday in Coney Island. “I need to talk to Stephen Espinoza and I need to talk to Frank. But that’s a great fight and it’s a fight that Pedraza would be willing to go abroad for. It’s in early discussions.”
There was talk of WBC lightweight titleholder Dejan Zlaticanin possibly facing Flanagan but DiBella said it’s more likely that Zlaticanin will face come-backing Mikey Garcia instead in the fall. “Jose Pedraza is interested in fighting Flanagan,” DiBella said of the Manchester champion. “He’ll go up to 135 and go to England for it. That’s how much he wants the fight. I know Flanagan wants a big fight and I know that we’d be willing to go over there for that opportunity.”