Wednesday, 20 July 2016

BOXING: Terry Flanagan wins on points to successfully defend WBO lightweight tittle

He scored a unanimous points win against Mzonke Fana in cardiff.
Terry Flanagan celebrates with his WBO World lightweight title belt
Terry Flanagan successfully defended his WBO lightweight title for the third time to set up a dream fight with Vasyl Lomachenko.
The undefeated 27-year-old secured a unanimous points win against Mzonke Fana in Cardiff - and will now pursue the biggest fight of his career.
After failing to lure WBA champion Anthony Crolla into an all-Manchester showdown, Flanagan’s promoter Frank Warren has opened talks with Lomachenko.
The Ukrainian would be looking to become a three-weight world champion after only three years as a pro.
US promoter Bob Arum confirmed this week: “I talked to Frank and we’re discussing early next year in Lomachenko’s ninth or tenth fight, sending him over to England to fight Terry Flanagan for the WBO lightweight title.
“That will be interesting. Frank is excited about that.”
A low key defence against Fana underlined Flanagan’s need to test himself against a major name.
Having been heavily critical of his own performance against Derry Mathews in March, he was frustrated by 42-year-old Fana, who wasn’t expected to be able to deal with Flanagan’s speed, work rate and power.
While a left hook sent the challenger to the canvas in the fourth, Flanagan wasn’t able to capitalise.
Perhaps he was wary of a deep cut below his right eye - suffered as a result of his eagerness to get in close early on.
But he was too predictable against a wily and resilient opponent.
Still, his superiority was never in doubt on the night and a scorecard of 120-106 from all three judges reflected his dominance.
He sent Fana to the canvas a second time in the 12th, but still couldn’t finish the fight early.
He will now look to secure the kind of fight to propel his name globally.
Lomachenko would do precisely that.


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