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Former World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Lightweight Champ Terry Flanagan is aiming to rule the roost again in 2019, after suffering his only two career defeats this year. 

Terry, 33-2 (13), hoped to become a two-weight world champ in June when he took on Texan Maurice Hooker for the vacant WBO World Super Lightweight crown in his home city of Manchester – but ended up on the wrong end of a split decision. 

Then, in October in New Orleans, ‘Turbo’ was outpointed by highly-rated, big-punching American, Regis Prograis after entering the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS); this time hitting the canvas for the first time in his career.

With those setbacks behind him, Flanagan has since revealed that tendonitis – and an inability to do roadwork – hadn’t helped with making the lightweight limit.  With the problem now resolved,the Mancunian says he would definitely compete again at lightweight if the right opportunity presented itself, but also still hopes to land the big fights at super lightweight.

“Personally, I thought the Prograis fight was a close one,” explained Flanagan, who is back in the gym, ticking over with trainer Steve Maylett.  “Other than the round when I got knocked down, which he won clearly, I even came back at him in that round.  He’s a good fighter, don’t get me wrong, bu the never dominated me in any round, but obviously he was the home fighter and I knew it was going to be hard winning on points over there. 

“We were hoping I’d catch him coming in, but he fought differently to what we expected.  It was good tactics from him,we expected him to try and blow me away, but he went on the back foot.  We trained for him to walk onto shots, but he never really committed to anything.  The round where I did try and go forward, I got put on my arse, so maybe if I’d have done that more I might have got knocked out!  It was a bad night for me, but it was a good experience going over there and fighting away from home.  It was just a shame about the result.

“I’m in between lightweight and light welter, and I just want the quickest route back to a world title.  I can still make lightweight, and I’m plenty big enough for light welterweight.  It’s just that I fought one of the most awkward fighters at 10 stone (Maurice Hooker) and then came up against the [WBSS} favourite in his hometown!  I don’t think I did enough to win the Prograis fight, but everyone was saying ‘itwon’t go past a few rounds’, and I felt as strong as him in there. 

“I’ve said to [manager] Steve [Wood], whatever comes up first, whether it’s lightweight or light-welter, then I’m easy. I’d face anyone – Lomachenko, Mikey Garcia, Crolla, Luke Campbell, Josh Taylor – those big fights are the ones I want; and I’ve proved that.  My first fight at 10 stone was a world title fight after being out of the ring for 14 months, and when I lost I could have had an easy warm up, but I wanted to get in and test myself against the best

[against Prograis]

.  Josh [Taylor] is a great fighter, I rate him highly.  I think he’ll win the WBSS and, down the line, it’s the kind of fight I want.

“I’d like rematches with Hooker and Prograis too, I want them more than anything, to avenge those losses.  I thought the Hooker fight was close, it was a split decision and I thought I might have done enough to nick it.  He’s a good fighter though, and has just got another good win, but I said to Steve that I’d even have gone over to Texas to fight him, but it never came off.

“Looking back at the Hooker fight, for the first four or five rounds until I got the bad cut, I was winning comfortably, but I just lost my head.  I never got hurt against him, and he was the big guy, the 10-stone fighter.  Prograis was meant to be this massive puncher but I was never hurt until the knockdown, and it was a flash knockdown.  I was up quick, and had my legs straight away.

“I know people will be looking at me and saying, ‘he lost his last two fights, the wheels have well and truly fallen off’, but it’s not the case.  I had the longest unbeaten record of any active British boxer, but that pressure’s off now.  That was holding me back, my trainer said to me in fights I was winning that I was holding back because I didn’t want to get beat; I was just doing enough to win.  I needed to just go in and let my boxing flow, and I think that’s what will happen now.  I was always more worried about losing than winning the fights.  I still feel fresh, hungry and that I’ve got a lot more to give.  You still haven’t seen the best of me.”

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VIDEO – Wood talks Coyle, Doyle, Flanagan and Warrington

With a short break before the next VIP Promotions show, promoter Steve Wood recently caught up with Lee Hogan from VIP TV to chat about some of the VIP stable who are in big fights over the coming weeks, including:
Hull’s Tommy Coyle who fights in Boston on October 20.
Manchester’s Ryan Doyle, who defends his Commonwealth Featherweight Title against Jordan Gill on October 27.
Terry Flanagan, who also fights on October 27 in New Orleans in the World Boxing Super Series.
Leeds’ Josh Warrington, who defends his IBF World Featherweight Title against Carl Frampton on December 22.

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Terry Flanagan’s record for having the longest unbeaten winning ledger amongst the current crop of UK fighters came to an end on Saturday night, in his home city of Manchester.
Topping the bill at the Manchester Arena, former WBO World Lightweight king Flanagan was bidding to become a two-weight world champion when he faced Maurice Hooker for the Super Lightweight version of the WBO belt.
Despite putting in a brave shift, ‘Turbo’ Terry was on the wrong end of a split decision verdict against American Hooker with scores of 113-115, 111-117 and 117-111 announced at the final bell.
During the contest, Hooker – with a significant height and reach advantage – boxed well on the back foot, making it difficult for southpaw Flanagan to shine. The Mancunian’s task wasn’t made any easier either by the deep cuts he suffered after a number of accidental head clashes.
After the contest, manager Steve Wood, who has guided Flanagan from the small hall circuit to world honours, reflected on his fighter’s night, and future:
“It wasn’t an easy night for Terry. Hooker had those really long arms, and height, and Terry wasn’t able to get to him easily. But, although we know he didn’t box to his best ability, he still managed to get a close, split decision, and I thought the 117-111 scores on both sides were way off.
“What many people won’t know either is that Terry was actually quite dazed and concussed during the fight from the head clashes and, no excuses, but that really affected him. He had five different cuts after the fight that had to be repaired needing over 30 stitches, including 15 stitches in the cut on his forehead.
“Terry will have a rest, let the cuts heal and then we’ll go again. We’ll be looking to get him straight back into a world title fight. Hooker’s team have already said they’d be happy for a rematch if Terry is willing to travel to Texas, which we are, so we hope they stick to their word.
“There are other options out there too. We’d also be interested in the World Series, and even the [Anthony] Crolla fight could still be an option. That should have happened a while back when both were world champions, but there’d still be a lot of interest in it now. Our main priority though is getting Terry another world title fight.
“It’s a shame Terry’s run has come to an end, but he’s proven he’s one of the best fighters in the world and will be on the up again soon. I’ve also been on a good run lately with Josh Warrington winning the world title, and Ryan Doyle upsetting Reece Bellotti. It had to come to an end sometime, I just didn’t see it happening here, but that’s boxing for you”
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Boxing – Tyson Fury & Sefer Seferi Weigh-In – Great Northern Amphitheatre, Manchester, Britain – June 8, 2018 Tyson Fury and Sefer Seferi during the weigh in with promoter Frank Warren (C) Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough


Fight # 1 – 16:00 HRS
4 X 3 Minute Rounds International Light-Heavyweight Contest
ZAC BURTON 12st 7lbs V DOMINIK LANDGRAF 12st 9lbs 12oz

Fight # 2
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Heavyweight Contest
ALEX DICKINSON V DAVE HOWE (weigh-in on the day)

Fight # 3
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Light-Heavyweight Contest
LYNDON ARTHUR 12st 8lbs 4oz V CHARLES ADAMU 12st 5lbs 1oz

Fight # 4
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Cruiserweight Contest

Fight # 5
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Welterweight Contest
JACK McGANN 11st 5lbs 3oz V DWAIN GRANT 11st 6lbs

Fight # 6
8 X 3 Minute Rounds International Super-Featherweight Contest
ZELFA BARRETT 9st 6lbs 4oz V EDWIN TELLEZ 9st 5lbs 8oz


Fight # 7 – 19:05 HRS
10 X 3 Minute Rounds Heavyweight Contest
NATHAN GORMAN 17st 11lbs 4oz V SEAN TURNER 18st 9lbs

Fight # 8
12 X 3 Minute Rounds
J.J METCALF 11st V AITOR NIETO 10st 13lbs 4oz

Fight # 9
12 X 3 Minute Rounds
MARK HEFFRON 11st 5lbs 2oz V ANDREW ROBINSON 11st 5lbs 8oz

Fight # 10
“Frank Warren, for Queensberry Promotions, sponsored by 32Red and FootAsylum and in association with RocNation Sports”
12 X 3 Minute Rounds
TERRY FLANAGAN 9st 13lbs 5oz V MAURICE HOOKER 9st 13lbs 4oz

Fight # 11
“Frank Warren, for Queensberry Promotions, sponsored by 32Red and FootAsylum and in association with EC Boxpromotion”
10 X 3 Minute Rounds International Heavyweight Contest
TYSON FURY 19st 10lbs 7oz V SEFER SEFERI 15st 2oz

Fight # 12
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Lightweight Contest

Fight # 13 – Follow On
8 X 3 Minute Rounds Middleweight Contest
JACK FLATLEY 11st 8lbs 4oz V TROY WILLIAMSON 11st 6lbs 8oz

Fight # 14 – Follow On
8 X 3 Minute Rounds Cruiserweight Contest
JACK MASSEY 14st 4lbs V IAN TIMS 14st 3lbs 10oz

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WBO News – Headline Matches For This Weekend


The World Boxing Organization (WBO) will oversee seven headline bouts around the world this weekend, two of which are for world titles.


Starting Friday, June 8, in Verona, New York, WBO number one ranked Junior Featherweight Diego De La Hoya (20-0, 9 KOs) will defend his NABO 122 lbs title against José “Sugar” Salgado (35-4-2, 28 KOs) in a 10-round duel. The bout is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and will go on stage at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in the aforementioned city.


The fight will be televised live on ESPN3, starting at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). ESPN2 will air the fights at 12:30 a.m. ET/9:30 p.m. PT. and ESPN Deportes will air the fights the following day at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.


De La Hoya-Salgado will take place during the International Boxing Hall of Fame induction weekend, where “Dr. Ironfist” Vitali Klitschko, Erik “El Terrible” Moráles, and Ronald “Winky” Wright will be exalted, along with other important boxing figures such as Peter Kohl, Steve Albert, Jim Gray and Lorraine Chargin.


On Saturday, June 9 in Argentina, Facundo Galovar (10-2-1, 7 KOs), of Tucumán, and Rolando Mansilla (13-5-1, 5 KOs), of Entre Ríos, will face off for the vacant WBO Latino Super Middleweight belt in a scheduled 10 round bout. The card will take place at the Club Atlético Central Córdoba in San Miguel, as part of an event promoted by Argentina Boxing Promotions.


Also on Saturday, but in the Philippines, two WBO Jr. Featherweight title bouts will take place, when local pugilist Jeo “Santino” Santisima (15-2, 13 KOs) faces Likit Chane (16-6, 10 KOs), from Thailand, for the vacant WBO Oriental 122 lbs belt, and local Albert Pagara (29-1, 20 KOs), who is ranked No. 9 by the WBO, battles Laryea Gabriel Odoi (20-3-2, 14 KOs), of Ghana, for the vacant Inter-Continental Junior Featherweight title. Both fights are scheduled for 12 rounds in an event promoted by ALA Promotions at the Maasin City Complex.


In England, the former WBO Lightweight Champion Terry Flanagan (33-0, 13 KOs), from Manchester, will seek to reign in a second division, when he clashes with Texan Maurice Hooker (23-0-3, 16KOs) for the vacant WBO Junior Welterweight crown. The duel will be the main event of a card presented by Queensberry Promotions. The fight will be held at Manchester Arena. Flanagan and Hooker are ranked in the first and second positions, respectively, at the Junior Welterweight division.


During his reign in the Lightweight division, Flanagan successfully defended the title five times.


The fight will be televised by BT Sports, on Showtime Boxing’s Facebook page, as well as in Showtime Sports’ YouTube Channel and Panama Cable Onda Sports beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT.


Another WBO world title fight will be staged this Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here, welterweight campion Jeff Horn, of Australia, will face WBO Super Champion and former Lighweight and Junior Welterweight champion Terence Crawford, of Omaha, Nebraska.


For Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs), it will be the second defense of the title he won by beating legendary WBO Super Champion, Manny Pacquiao.


With a victory over Horn, Crawford (32-0-0, 23 KOs) would join Oscar De La Hoya (130 lbs, 135 lbs, 160 lbs), Miguel Cotto (140 lbs, 147 lbs, 154 lbs), Jorge Arce (108 lbs, 115 lbs, 122 lbs) and Fernando Montiel (112 lbs, 115 lbs, 118 lbs) as the only three divisions champions of the entity.


Also on the card, WBO Latino Lightweight Champion and ranked No. 5 by this sanctioning body, Antonio Moran (23-2, 16KOs), from Mexico, is heading for his second title defense, when he faces former Jr. Lightweight Champion, and WBO 14th ranked Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (23-1, 12KOs), from Puerto Rico, in scheduled 10 round match.


Horn-Crawford and Pedraza-Moran will be broadcast live via ‘ESPN+’ App, starting at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT. The event is promoted by Top Rank.


Photos by Victor Planas
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