Tuesday, April 24, 2018  |


Terry Flanagan outpoints Petr Petrov in Manchester

Terry Flanagan is unbeaten in 33 bouts. Photo: www.frankwarren.com


Unbeaten British southpaw Terry Flanagan scored a 12-round unanimous decision over Petr Petrov to retain his WBO lightweight title in Manchester, England, on Saturday. The official scores were 120-108, 118-110 and 116-112.

The hard-hitting Russian certainly had his moments, but for the most part Flanagan, who is rated No. 2 by THE RING at 135 pounds, had things his own way, occupying center ring and scoring effectively with right jabs and sharp counterpunching to edge the sessions.

“I knew I was in for a tough fight,” said Flanagan when interviewed by BoxNation in the U.K. “(Petrov) was very durable, but if I’d listened to (my trainer) and forced him back more I would have stopped him. I was a bit cagey in there but I knew that I was winning comfortably.”

The action was relatively one-paced and there were no knockdowns. A deep vertical cut, the result of a head clash in Round 10, prompted a late attack by Petrov, but Flanagan was too clever to be caught with anything big. He closed out the fight by popping the Russian with some nice combination work and looked fresh when the bell rang to end the contest.

“Terry wants a big fight and there are big fights to be made,” said promoter Frank Warren. “We all seen (Jorge) Linares and what he did with Anthony Crolla, and of course (Vasyl) Lomachenko is fighting (Jason Sosa) tonight. They’re two really tough fights for Terry.

“I think they can be done. I’m convinced they can be done. The Linares fight is the one that I want to make but (Terry) has to be at the top of his game. The tougher the opposition, the more you’re going to get out of Terry. (Petrov) was the toughest guy in the division other than the other world champions and I thought Terry won well tonight.”

Both fighters weighed in at 134 1/2 pounds. Flanagan improves to (33-0, 13 knockouts) and Petrov, who was rated No. 10 by THE RING at lightweight, drops to (39-5-2, 19 KOs).


Tom Gray is a UK Correspondent/ Editor for RingTV.com and a member of THE RING ratings panel.  Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing



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  • ozzy

    Some VERY dodgy scoring but I thought Flanagan won the fight clearly enough. IMO Flanagan’s footwork was really good tonight but thought his jab could have been better. Continuing to improve the opposition should bring out the best in Terry.

  • Camille Renz Pineda

    Why not mention Mikey Garcia Frank?

    • JC superstar

      Flanagan may beat Linares but he’ll lose to Garcia or Verdejo

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  • Camille Renz Pineda

    Why not mention Mikey Garcia Frank?

  • Teddy Reynoso

    Frank may be calibrating Flanagan’s next possible opponents that’s why he did not mention Mikey Garcia. Linares indeed is highly possible given his two wins over Anthony Crolla in UK.

  • Stephen M

    I skimmed through this fight, I guess it isn’t easy looking good against Petrov…

  • leevonmanstein

    turn the sound off and watch the fight in HD. I don’t know how guys think that flanagan won this fight. petrov outlanded him with straight rights through the guard, left hooks and superb body punching. flanagan didn’t win that fight.

  • Ultimate sceptic

    If Terry is going to imitate his US defensive and southpaw heroes he *must* raise the left hand when using his guard and work on a true peekabo style – making his face an invisible target – not a weak copy of that style. Again and again that straight right from Petrov speared right through his inadequate guard. Terry also needs to be more active with his jab – if he cannot do that, he is not going to be a contender on the international scene. Not saying this was a robbery, because Terry showed great footwork and movement and *on occasion* some good jabs and counter-punching. The fight was roughly a draw.