Date:  Saturday, April 8, 2017

WBO Lightweight Championship

Location: Manchester Arena, England

Promoter: Frank Warren

Supervisor:   John Handelaar

Referee:  Marcus McDonnell

Judges:   Terry O’Connor (116-112), Mikael Hook (120-108), Zoltan Enyedi (118-110)

Results:   The WBO Lightweight Championship was retained by the champion Terry Flanagan by Unanimous Decision over Peter Petrov.

TV: Box Nation

Former Heavyweight Champion of the World Tyson Fury came out to support his fellow Mancunian Terry Flanagan at Frank Warren’s open workouts at The Printworks earlier this evening. Flanagan makes the fifth defence of his WBO Lightweight World Title against dangerous Russian Petr Petrov at the Manchester Arena this Saturday, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

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Fury, the former linear, WBA Super, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine World Heavyweight Champion, watched on as local hero Flanagan was put through his paces by trainer Steve Maylett in front of hundreds of Manchester fight fans.

terry-flanagan (1)Undefeated Flanagan, 32-0 13 KO’s, looked in fantastic shape ahead of the toughest fight of his career and treated fans to a scintillating display of speed and power. The proud owner of the longest undefeated record in British boxing was delighted to see Fury showing his support and backed the man who dethroned long-reigning Heavyweight icon Wladimir Klitschko way back in 2015 to win his belts back.

“It was brilliant seeing big Tyson here showing me some support,” said Turbo. “We are both Manchester lads and want to make our city proud. He shocked the sporting World by beating Klitschko in Germany and I plan on shocking the World by beating Vasyl Lomachenko after I deal with Petrov on Saturday.

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“Like everyone in boxing, I can’t wait to see Tyson back in the ring where he belongs. He is a man of the people and always puts a smile on your face. I’m backing him to win all of his belts back and reclaim his place as the best Heavyweight on the planet.

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“I’m over the moon with the turnout today. It’s great seeing so many young fans taking an interest in the sport and backing one of their own! There’s a massive buzz around the city and seeing all these fans here today has given me a massive boost.”



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Terry Flanagan vs. Petr Petrov tops an unmissable evening of action at the Manchester Arena; Super-Welterweight rivals Liam Smith and Liam Williams clash for the WBO Interim World Title; double Olympic Gold Medallist and women’s boxing icon Nicola Adams OBE fights for the first time as a professional and former Team GB Heavyweight monster Daniel Dubois makes his highly-anticipated professional debut along with a talent packed undercard.

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By Steve Kim

American boxing fans will have an avenue to view the WBO lightweight title fight between defending champion Terry Flanagan and challenger Petr Petrov, which takes place at the Manchester Arena in England this Saturday.


Yes, Banner Promotions has made a deal to stream this fight live on this platform, much the way Showtime did earlier this year for their card that featured Adrien Broner-Adrian Granados.

It’s further proof that the boxing industry is embracing the new technology in the social media era.

“Absolutely, television is changing and so is boxing. You have to be creative and with streams and everything you have to capitalize on what’s going on,’ ‘Matt Rowland, the V.P. of Banner Promotions told

Rowland believes that the boxing industry must embrace the new media platforms which are constantly evolving.

“Listen, that’s why the pay-per-views are down, the ratings, in my opinion, are down because boxing has to get up with the technology,” he stated.

Rowland added – “We made a conscious decision to put this on Twitter to test the new technology and we also know that more people are going to access it on Twitter. So it’s only going to help Petr going forward in bigger fights and more money for him, as well.”

The live stream of Saturday’s championship fight will be available for free to logged-in and logged-out users on Twitter and connected devices in the United States.  Access to the live stream will be available Saturday night at and on @BannerBoxing. Follow at @BannerBoxing to find out the exact timing of the live stream in the coming days. Even though the game variations can be very different, pokie machines are initially based on a straightforward and uniform system. There is a fixed number of reels on which an equally fixed number of different symbols are distributed. With each new spin of the reels, a symbol combination decides whether the player wins or loses. The principle of chance strikes when you play pokies online It is all about mathematical probabilities and when which symbol appears in each pokie on the reel.–115314?print_friendly=1

nintchdbpict000302071096-e1488884702848 WBO Lightweight Champion Terry Flanagan and his challenger Petr Petrov / By Gary Stonehouse –

‘Turbo’ looks to continue his impressive unbeaten record against the tough Russian-born Petrov

TERRY FLANAGAN hopes to continue British boxing’s longest current unbeaten run against Petr Petrov this Saturday.

The Manchester-born southpaw will be defending his WBO Lightweight Championship in his home town.

This will be Flanagan’s fifth defence of his title, and he is going to face a big challenge to overcome his Russian opponent.

Petrov is the WBO’s second-ranked contender behind Felix Verdejo.

But with an impressive fight record himself, this one promises to be a thunderous clash in the north west.

When is Terry Flanagan vs Petr Petrov?

The undefeated champ will battle Petrov on Saturday April 8, 2017.

Flanagan will be fighting in front of his hometown crowd for the first time since October 2015.

He will be hoping for a similar result this time, as he trounced Diego Magdaleno inside two rounds.

nintchdbpict000302075504-e1488885066436 WBO Lightweight Champion Terry Flanagan faces the media ahead of his fight against Petr Petrov

What TV channel is Terry Flanagan vs Petr Petrov?

The UK’s only full-time boxing TV station BoxNation will be screening the fight live.

However, they have teamed up with BT Sport so that customers can watch it live there too.

BoxNation is now included for all BT TV and Sky TV customers with a BT Sport pack – at no extra cost.

Where is the Terry Flanagan vs Petr Petrov fight being held?

The fight will take place at the Manchester Arena on Saturday April 8, 2017.

The 21,000-seater venue is based on Trinity Way, near Victoria Station.

Manchester fans are expected to flock out to cheer on their hometown hero.

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Who is on the undercard of Terry Flanagan vs Petr Petrov?

Liam Williams will be in action in a mouth-watering Super-Welterweight clash against domestic rival Liam Smith.

Williams recently won the WBO European Title with a win over Cardiff’s Gabor Gorbics.

Also on show will be two-time Olympic Flyweight gold medallist Nicola Adams.

She will be making her professional debut after an impressive amateur career that included Commonwealth, European and World honours.

Where can I buy tickets for Terry Flanagan vs Petr Petrov?

Tickets are still available in a number of categories for this fight.



Madrid, Spain (March 28, 2017)–WBO Lightweight world title challenger arrived in his hometown of Madrid, Spain to finish up preparations for his April 8th world title bout with undefeated world champion Terry Flanagen at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.

Petrov arrived Sunday, and has been hard at work with head trainer Danny Zamora. To prove that Petrov is clearly only focused on winning this world title,, he put in two hard workout’s on Tuesday, which just happens to be his 34th birthday.

“I am so focused and I can’t wait for this fight,” said Petrov. “There is no time for parties and cake now.  That will come after the fight, as I will have plenty of reasons to celebrate, one would be my birthday and the other will be for winning the world championship.”

Petrov will continue to train in his homeland until he leaves for Manchester early next week.  Petrov finished up the California leg of his training camp this past Friday before leaving for Madrid.

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Britain Boxing - Terry Flanagan & Petr Petrov Head-to-Head Press Conference - Etihad Campus, Manchester - 15/2/17 Terry Flanagan and Petr Petrov pose after the press conference Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Britain Boxing – Terry Flanagan & Petr Petrov Head-to-Head Press Conference – Etihad Campus, Manchester – 15/2/17 Terry Flanagan and Petr Petrov pose after the press conference Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine Livepic 

Man City fanatic Terry Flanagan wants to emulate his boyhood hero Ricky Hatton by fighting at the home of the Manchester giants. Undefeated Turbo tops an unmissable evening of action when he defends his crown against Petr Petrov at the Manchester Arena on Saturday 8th April, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

WBO Lightweight boss Flanagan, 32-0-0 13 KO’s, was a special guest at the Etihad yesterday, addressing the 54,000 strong crowd before City battled to an entertaining 1-1 draw with Premier League rivals Liverpool.

The 27-year-old from Ancoats became Manchester’s first World Champion since Hatton with his third-round TKO victory over Jose Zepeda back in 2015 and knows he must get past the dangerous Petrov if he is to secure huge unification showdowns with the likes of WBA Champion Jorge Linares and WBC kingpin Mikey Garcia.

“Fighting at the Etihad would be a dream come true,” said Flanagan. “I grew up as a huge Ricky Hatton fan and there was always a special atmosphere at his fights. The Manchester public bring that special atmosphere and I want those big nights that he had.

“Every time I’ve boxed in Manchester I’ve got a knockout win and I’m aiming to carry that on next month. It’s going to be a big test but one that I’m going to step-up to and deal with. If I’m not on my game he’s a potential banana skin. I have to win this if I want those big unification fights later in the year

“Having thousands of fans cheering me on gives me and real boost and I hope you can all turn out and get behind me on April 8th. I’m looking to make a big statement and I want as many of my fans in there to see it as possible.”

Flanagan vs. Petrov tops a mouth-watering night of action at the Manchester Arena; Super-Welterweight rivals Liam Smith and Liam Williams clash in one of the most anticipated domestic dust-ups in recent times; double Olympic Gold Medallist and women’s boxing icon Nicola Adams OBE fights for the first time as a professional and former Team GB Heavyweight monster Daniel Dubois makes his highly-anticipated professional debut.–114784?print_friendly=1

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WBO Lightweight Champion of the World Terry Flanagan and his latest challenger Petr Petrov came face-to-face at a press conference today at the home of Premier League giants Manchester City ahead of their showdown at the Manchester Arena on Saturday 8th April, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.

Undefeated Flanagan, a City fanatic and season ticket holder at the Etihad Stadium, is gearing up for the fifth defence of his WBO strap and insisted no corners will be cut in his preparation for former World Title challenger Petrov.

“If I’m not 100% against Petrov I could slip up,” said Flanagan. “If I’m not on my game he’s a potential banana skin and I won’t get those big unification fights later on in the year. First and foremost I need to get in the gym and do the hard work. Me at my best beats him at his best. 

“He’s been at World level for years now and he’s right up there. He’s got four losses on his record but they were all against good fighters. Petr is a seasoned fighter but on the night I can adapt and deal with whatever he brings.

“Personally I don’t think you’ve seen the best of me yet. There’s still a lot more to come from me and I’m looking forward to showing people what I can do on April 8th. I still think I’m boxing within myself. I’ve never been behind in a fight so I’ve never had to show what I’m made of. You’ll see the best of me when I do go behind in a fight.

“My better nights are still to come, which says a lot a 32-0 and preparing to make my fifth World Title defence. Petrov is a great fighter, he can come at you and also box a bit. This is going to be a tough fight and your next fight is always your hardest fight. Every time I’ve boxed at arenas in Manchester I’ve come away with stoppage wins, I want to keep that up on April 8th.”

33-year-old Petrov (38-4-2, 19 KOs), a native of Russia who fights out of Spain, was stopped by Marcos Maidana in his previous attempt at a World Title back in 2011. Since dropping 12-round decision in 2013 to Dejan Zlaticanin, the WBO no.2 ranked danger man has won six fights in a row and says his experience gives him an edge over Flanagan.

“I’ve been waiting a very long time for another shot at a World Title,” said Petrov. “Finally it has come around and I think at the age of 33 this fight has come at the perfect time for me. I’m quicker and more agile than ever, I’m in the best form of my life.

“I’m stronger and I’m smarter than I was earlier in my career. That comes from training in America, it has made me a more intelligent fighter. Los Angeles is a great place for sparring, I’ve been sparring with southpaws from Japan, Russia and the United States in preparation for Terry. I understand how important sparring is and that’s what we’ll be paying attention to in the run up to the fight.

“I respect Terry as an undefeated World Champion, you have to. He is a very good boxer but I still think he has a lot to show. I’ve been around the block and fought a lot of different opponents. If I prepare well and execute my game plan I know I can beat him.”

Flanagan vs. Petrov tops a night of action at the Manchester Arena; Super-Welterweight rivals Liam Smith and Liam Williams clash in one of the most anticipated domestic dust-ups in recent times; slick South African Zolani Tete faces Arthur Villanueva in a final eliminator for the WBO World Bantamweight strap; double Olympic Gold Medallist and women’s boxing icon Nicola Adams OBE fights for the first time as a professional and former Team GB Heavyweight monster Daniel Dubois makes his highly-anticipated professional debut.

Elsewhere on the card former World Title challenger Jimmy Kelly takes on Bolton man Rick Godding in a tasty local tear-up; rising Super-Featherweight star Zelfa Barrett fights over six; Liverpool Super-Welterweight James Metcalf takes on Heywood’s Mark Thompson; undefeated Super-Lightweight Steven Lewis faces Andy Keates; Oldham Super-Middleweight Mark Heffron, Ellesmere Port Super-Welterweight Mason Cartwright, Manchester Cruiserweight Jordan Thompson and Super-Middleweight Anthony Leak complete a stacked card.


By Steve Kim –

According to Artie Pelullo, the head of Banner Promotions Petr Petrov, will be getting another crack at a world title in the spring.

Pelullo confirmed promoter Frank Warren’s announced on Monday, that WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (32-0, 13 KOs) would be facing Petrov on April 8th in Manchester, England – as part of Warren’s new television deal with BT Sport.

“Petr Petrov is fighting on April the 8th for the WBO lightweight championship of the world against Terry Flanagan in Manchester,” the veteran promoter told

Petrov is a hard-nosed grinder who has a record of 38-4-2 (19 KO’s) and figures to be a tough out for Flanagan.

“I think that Frank (Warren) wants to make good fights for his network over there and in fighting Petrov… the WBO had ordered that  Petrov would be next in lieu of  (Felix) Verdejo fighting on February the 3rd. So Frank called me and said,’Do you want the fight?’ and I said absolutely.”

Verdejo is ranked number one by the WBO, but last year was sidelined with a motorcycle accident that kept him sidelined for the latter part of 2016. He has a tune-up bout scheduled next week in Puerto Rico.

Petrov, a Russian who his based in Spain, is the top rated contender in the WBA, and that title is being contested for by Jorge Linares and Anthony Crolla in a March rematch.

This figures to be a solid match-up and Pelullo mentioned – “the fight will be shown in the United States. We have the rights for the fight on American television.”

Flanagan was last in action back in November when he battered Orlando Cruz for a TKO win in Wales, while Petrov broke down and stopped Michael Perez last September in California.–112928?print_friendly=1


Report/photos by Boxing Bob Newman –

Three months after it began, the Boxcino tournament reached its climax on Friday night in Verona, New York at the Turning Stone Casino. The finals of the lightweight and middleweight categories were won in contrasting styles as Petr Petrov rocked Fernando Carcamo from pillar to post to snag the lightweight belt, while Willie Monroe, Jr. outslicked Brandon Adams to clinch the middleweight bauble.

Opening the broadcast was the middleweight final featuring the two least likely contestants in least experienced Brandon Adams (Los Angeles, CA) going in against Willie Monroe, Jr. (Rochester, NY).

Adams entered the tourny a relative unknown at 12-0, 8 KOs, but crushed Daniel Edouard via TKO4 and dominated Raymond Gatica in a easier-than-the-scores-showed split decision win over eight rounds five weeks ago. Monroe scored distance wins over the more experienced Donatas Bondarovas and tourny favorite Vitalii Kopylenko to secure his spot in the finals.

As expected, Monroe, Jr. utilized his speed and reach right from the get go, working off the jab at every opportunity. The shorter Adams was relegated to lunging and one shot at a time in an effort catch the slick Monroe, Jr. In the sixth, it appeared Adams may have had a moment as a right hand seemed to stagger “El Mongoose” into a neutral corner, but perhaps sensing his foe wasn’t hurt, Adams didn’t try to capitalize. Monroe, Jr. later admitted the punch actually caught his glove and he tripped over his own feet while trying to back pedal away, thus stumbling into the corner post. Adams did manage to legitimately sting Monroe, Jr. on a couple occasions, and the two stood toe-to-toe, a strategy which favored Adams and elicited cheers from the crowd. But the smarter Monroe, Jr. knew that distance and speed would win the day and maneuvered out of harm’s way each time. Adam’s corner plead for their fighter to press the issue as the later rounds approached, but his efforts weren’t enough as the ring-wise mongoose worked his plan to near perfection. In the end, all three judges Tom Schreck, Don Ackerman and Don Trella agreed at 99-91 for Monroe, Jr., now the Boxcino, NABO and NABA middleweight champion. With the win, Monroe, Jr. moves to 18-1, 6 KOs, while Adams tastes defeat for the first time at 14-1, 9 KOs. Incidentally, Monroe, Jr. said in the post fight press conference that he is headed back to 154 lbs. and ceded the middleweight division to his friend Brandon Adams. It remains to be seen if the middleweight dollars will dictate otherwise.

In the highly anticipated lightweight finals, the oldest participant in the tourny, Petr Petrov (Madrid, Spain by way of Russia) forced his will upon lanky Fernando Carcamo (Ciudad, Obregon, Mexico) over eight one-sided rounds, scheduled for ten. While Carcamo looked on paper to be the bigger puncher with thirteen of his seventeen wins coming via stoppage, it was Petrov who’s punches seemed to do all the damage. Petrov had no problem negating Carcamo’s massive height and reach advantage in landing whatever he wanted, especially his lead overhand right. It didn’t take long for most keen observers at ringside to opine that Petrov’s punches would have some major impact, perhaps sending Carcamo down and even out. Carcamo would have brief spurts of energy, deciding to move forward and throw punches, but those punches seemed to have no effect as they did on earlier Boxcino foe Samuel Kotey Neequaye (TKO2). Besides his punches not serving him well, neither did his legs in moving him out or harm’s way. In the seventh, Petrov landed some blistering combos and upper cuts on the taller man that snapped Carcamo’s head back. It seemed referee Dick Pakozdi might stop it, but as Carcamo reeled across the ring, the bell saved the day, or rather prolonged the inevitable. While in the corner, Carcamo’s trainer Joel Diaz seemed to decide matters were over, first telling his charge so, then waving to Pakozdi that the fight was finished. Then inexplicably, Diaz did an about face, and gave Carcamo one more round. Pakozdi called in the ringside physician who took a good look at the beaten fighter. He advised Pakozdi to end matters if any more serious punches were landed. At :40 of the eighth, the ref did just that, saving Carcamo from any further punishment. The completely depleted Carcamo almost seemed relieved, making no protests over the stoppage. Petrov also picked up the NABO and NABA belts along with the Boxcino lightweight belt. He now moves to 35-4-2, 17 KOs, while Carcamo slides to 17-6, 13 KOs.

Opening up the night were super lightweights Jeremy Graves (Niagara Falls, NY) and Sam Teah (Philly, PA). Teah handled everything the aggressive Graves tried and employed his skill and will over four rounds to post a unanimous 40-36 win. Teah moves to 4-0, 1 KO while Graves drops to 0-3.

In a big upset, crafty but unsung Marcus Hall (Rochester, NY) squeaked out a huge win over previously undefeated Cesar Vila (Brooklyn, NY) over four rounds. The slippery southpaw Hall moved, used awkward counters and avoided just enough punishment to befuddle the ever-forward-moving Vila. Wynn Kintz saw it even at 38-38, while Don Trella tabbed it 40-36 and Don Ackerman had it 39-37 for the majority decision winner Hall, now 8-6-1, 2 KOs. Vila drops his first at 6-1, 2 KOs.

In a reverse “somebody’s ’0′ has got to go” bout, winless heavyweights Eric George (Niagara Falls, NY) and Raymond Santiago (Albany, NY) looked to erase the “0″ from their respective win columns. It was a fan friendly bout, with both combatants slugging away from bell to bell. Santiago’s nose bled from round one onward as his defense was non-existent, but his heart was nearly as big as his 232 lb. body. The smaller (202 lb.) George had a bit more speed and endurance, which led to his 40-36 across the board win. George enters the win column at 1-6, while Santiago loses his first at 0-2-1.

Being chosen in your pro debut as the opponent for a young Brazilian K.O. artist who is trained by one of Brazil’s greatest K.O. artists- Acelino “Popó ” Freitas, is probably as scary as it gets. But Buffalo, New York’s Jr. Lightweight Michael Jackson hoped he’d have the moves of his namesake to pull off a “Thriller” of an upset. It was not to be as Brazil’s Vitor Jones de Oliveira stalked, bloodied, and knocked down Jackson over the four round distance. Though unable to finish his fleeing foe, de Oliveira did what he had to in notching a comprehensive 40-35 shutout to move to 3-0, 2 KOs. Jackson starts out at 0-1.

In a walkout bout featuring two undefeated welterweights, Oscar Torres (Anaheim, CA) imposed his will over Cornelius Whitlock for four rounds. Torres scored a knockdown in the opening frame, but couldn’t seal the deal as the cagey Whitlock tried to keep his own unblemished record intact. Torres would have none of it though, stalking Whitlock, landing more punches and overall impressing the judges. Scores were 40-35 straight across the board as Torres improves to 3-0, 1 KO, while Whitlock drops his first to slink to 3-1-2, 2 KOs.

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