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Carl Frampton goes in to bat for Terry Flanagan in Twitter spat with Ohara Davies

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WBO interim featherweight champion Carl Frampton 25-1 (14) has returned serve to Ohara Davies 16-1 (13) after the outspoken 26-year-old Londoner tweeted his thoughts on undefeated former WBO lightweight titleholder Terry Flanagan 33-0 (13).

Davies, who lost his Commonwealth junior welterweight title and WBC Silver strap last July when he was stopped in seven rounds by Josh Taylor who was 9-0 (8) at the time, had criticised Flanagan for being an unknown champion in a tweet posted on Friday.

“Imagine being 33-0 and world champion and nobody knowing your name, I’d mention Tyrone Mackennas name before I mention Flanagans name – I had more glory in my English Title than you had in your world title. Flanagan the type to unify a division and still be an undercard fighter,” Davies tweeted.

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Flanagan won the vacant WBO lightweight title against Jose Zepeda, 23-0 (20) at the time, in July 2015 and made five successful title defences during his two year reign.

This prompted Frampton, who defeated former four-division world champion Nonito Donaire 38-5 (24) just over a week ago, to reply in defence of his fellow Frank Warren-promoted boxer.

“I’m sure he’ll be worried when he’s long retired, world titles on the mantle piece and your still chasing Arg around for an appearance on the only way is Essex,” tweeted Frampton in reply on Sunday.

Davies is next in action on the undercard of Lee Selby’s IBF featherweight title defence against Josh Warrington at the Elland Rod Football Ground in Leeds, Yorkshire on May 19. He will be taking on French journeyman Christopher Sebire 26-10-1 (9) in a 10 round junior welterweight bout.

Flanagan returns to the ring on June 9 when he attempts to become a two-weight world champion when he takes on Maurice Hooker 23-0-3 (16) from Dallas, Texas for the vacant WBO 140-pound title at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Lancashire. Lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury 25-0 (18) will be appearing on the card against an opponent to be named.

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