Terry Flanagan is world champion because it was 'given to him', says Diego Magdaleno
Last Updated: 31/08/15 11:58am
Diego Magdaleno is oozing confidence ahead of his shot at Terry Flanagan and says the world champion had the title 'given to him'.
The southpaws clash at the Manchester Arena on October 10 with Flanagan making the first defence of his WBO lightweight crown - and Magdaleno is well aware of the challenge that awaits.
Manchester's Flanagan (28-0-KO11), 26, won the vacant belt in July when opponent Jose Zepeda was forced to retire after just two rounds having sustained a dislocated shoulder.
And the 28-year-old Magdaleno (28-1-KO14) said of that victory: "It was a short fight. There wasn't too much to be said there. He has a lot to prove to his hometown crowd. That title was basically just given to him.
He has a lot to prove to his hometown crowd. That title was basically just given to him.
Magdaleno on Flanagan
"Nothing has been given to me. I have to go out there and prove myself and know that's what it will take to win (in England."
The American's previous tilt at a world title ended in the only defeat of his career - a split decision loss to Roman Martinez for the WBO world super-featherweight crown in April 2013.
While he openly doubts Flanagan's status as a true world champion, Magdaleno is respectful of the fighter.
He added: "He's a solid fighter. He's a stand-up guy. He can fight. He can punch. But I honestly don't believe it's enough for him to beat me.
"This is going to be a great fight, I believe. Terry has everything in his favour. As far as critiquing him, I'll leave that up to my coach. He's already begun analysing him."