Flanagan lands prized world title shot

The Brisbane-based Townsville slugger impressed world officials with his wholehearted effort against Russian great Denis Lebedev last year and now has the opportunity of lifting the championship at Marseille's Palais des Sports.
Goulamirian, 30, was born in Armenia but is based in Big Bear, California, which is a home to a number of high altitude training camps for boxing. He has not lost in 23 pro fights dating back to 2011.
'Bam Bam' Flanagan, 28, has a record of 24 wins in 29 fights. In July last year he climbed off the deck to last 12 rounds with fearsome Russian power-puncher Lebedev in the city of Ekaterinburg, 1700km east of Moscow, but his promoter Angelo Di Carlo says that was only a learning experience for the heavy-fisted Queenslander.
'Goulamirian is a tall cruiserweight who is unbeaten with a lot of wins by KO (15 from 23 fights) but he stands in front of his opponents and trades punches,' Di Carlo said.
'There's not a lot of movement. That could be disastrous against ‘Bam Bam' because he has so much power. We believe he has a great chance to bring the world title home to Queensland and we're leaving no stone unturned.'
Flanagan has been sparring Brisbane fighters Aaron Russell and Ben Kelleher and will hit Melbourne next week to train with Olympian Jason Whateley.
He will spend the last three weeks of his preparation in Philadelphia sparring with America's former world champ Steve Cunningham before flying to Marseilles.
Flanagan showed his power and tenacity against Lebedev, one of the cruiserweight division's most feared punchers and says he learned many lessons from that first title challenge.
'I didn't throw enough punches in Russia,' Flanagan said.
'My corner was telling me to let my hands go and I should have thrown a lot more because I was hitting him when I did. It will be a different story in France'
Flanagan is trained by John Bastable and Angelo Di Carlo's son Alfie, a Brisbane lawyer and property developer.
Their team, Ace Boxing, has already guided Flanagan's long-time friend Liam Paro to the world youth title at 63kg.
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