SHOWTIME Sports has secured the U.S. rights to stream the long-awaited return of former heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury, who will face Sefer Seferi in a 10-round heavyweight bout Saturday, June 9 from Manchester Arena.

SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL® will stream live exclusively to U.S. audiences on the SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page and SHOWTIME Sports YouTube Channel beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT.

In the opening bout, local hero Terry Flanagan (33-0, 13 KO’s) will look to become a two-division world champion when he clashes with unbeaten American Maurice Hooker (23-0-3, 16 KO’s) for the vacant WBO Junior Welterweight crown. This will be the fourth live streaming boxing event this year on SHOWTIME Sports social media platforms.

Weigh-In: Maurice Hooker 139.25 vs. Terry Flanagan 139.3

Live coverage for the Frank Warren promoted event will be provided by BT Sport and BoxNation with U.K. sportscasters John Rawling providing the blow-by-blow and Richie Woodhall the analysis. Boxing broadcaster Ray Flores and analyst Chris Mannix will deliver pre-fight and post-fight analysis from Staples Center in Los Angeles for the SHOWTIME Sports audience.

Flanagan, the first Englishman to earn a lightweight world title, will seek to capture a title in a second weight class just days away from his 29th birthday. Hooker, a southpaw from Dallas, Texas and ShoBox alum, has been training with Terence Crawford. Hooker will look to follow in the footsteps of fellow Dallas resident Errol Spence Jr., who went to Kell Brook’s hometown of Sheffield, England to capture his first world title.–128897

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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. Boxing is a great and energy-intensive sport that is enjoyed the world over. As we always do we try to find you the best sporting equipment there is available in the marketplace. We took a look at many different pairs of boxing gloves in order to see which ones we liked the best. ow to be a great boxer, you cannot just buy your way into the sport, but it is very important to have the right gear for boxing before you even go ahead. Top list of Boxing, MMA, Sparring and Training gloves. We revised our list to ensure that we are providing the Best Professional Collection.

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.

 Former WBO lightweight holder Terry Flanagan (33-0, 13 KOs) and promoter Frank Warren believe that the Manchester-based southpaw can emulate his idol Ricky Hatton by becoming a two-weight world titlist.

The 28-year-old meets Taxas’s Maurice Hooker (23-0-3, 16 early) for the vacant WBO light-welterweight title at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night in a fight that “Turbo” believes can get him on the right track after deciding to vacate his 135lbs belt in order to seek fresh challenges.

“That would mean everything to me,” said Flanagan when speaking to David Anderson of the Daily Mirror about what victory would mean to him.  “Ricky is someone I looked up to as a kid so to emulate what he did would be a dream come true.”

Warren handled Hatton’s early career and laid the groundwork for his June 2005 win over the legendary Kostya Tszyu at the same venue.

With all the fight week talk focused on the comeback of Tyson Fury, who meets Sefer Seferi over 10, Warren feels that Flanagan can quietly slip in and possibly steal the show by netting another WBO belt.

“They both have a great desire to win,” he said when comparing Flanagan to “The Hitman”.  “They don’t know what defeat means.”

The show will be shown live on BT Sports here in the UK as well as being streamed live in the US via Showtime’s Facebook page.

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Terry Flanagan and Maurice Hooker will clash for the vacant WBO Super-Lightweight World Championship at the Manchester Arena on Saturday 9th June. The exciting match-up lands on the same card that features the return of former Heavyweight World Champion Tyson Fury.

Flanagan is stepping up to 140 pounds after vacating his WBO Lightweight World Title, and is confident of becoming a two-weight World Champion.

He currently holds the longest undefeated record in British boxing (33-0, 13KO’s) and will be aiming to unify the Super-Lightweight division once he triumphs at his ‘home’ Arena on June 9th.

“Winning this fight will prove that I’m a legitimate 140 pound fighter,” said Flanagan. “I’ll be looking to unify all of the belts later in the year. I’m looking for the likes of Mikey Garcia after I win the WBO belt on June 9th. It’s a massive unification fight and I hope those are the fights Frank can make.

“He is a very good unbeaten fighter, he fights on the back foot and looks to catch you from distance. I’m not looking past Hooker but I’m very confident I’ll be able to deal with anything he throws at me to become a two-weight World Champion.”

American challenger Hooker has been training with pound-for-pound star Terrance Crawford in preparation for his showdown with Flangan and has had plenty to say about the Ancoats star since their match-up was first announced earlier this year.

“I’m gonna wake him up,” said Hooker. “He’s weak and he’s soft. He hasn’t fought anybody. He fights little guys. I hit hard with both hands. He’s never fought anyone with skills like me. He runs a lot. He does that real good. Power? He hasn’t got any power. He pitty-pats!”

Hooker, whose record reads 23-0-3 (16 KOs) has claimed that ‘Turbo’ is a dirty fighter and has torn into the Mancunians tactics.

“I’ve been watching his fights. He holds a lot, he uses his forearm to the head. He does a lot of stuff dirty. I’m going to stop him and I’m going to show him who’s the best at 140! It could be the first round, second round or third round… but he’s going down!”

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By Miguel Rivera

The postponement of Felix Verdejo’s title fight does not mean that he will leave the gym entirely.

Ricky Marquez, coach and manager of the Puerto Rican pugil, said yesterday that he will not stop his pupil’s training regime and that he will keep abreast of the injury of Terry ‘Turbo’ Flanagan, lightweight champion (135 pounds) of the World Boxing (WBO).

“We continue to work and train to see what comes next,” Marquez told Carlos Gonzalez. “We are going to wait for the WBO to make its protocol according to the situation and if there is a fight that arises, an eliminator or maybe some regional title fight, we will look at it. For me, the important thing is that Felix stays as active as possible.”

Last Monday it was reported that Flanagan suffered a leg injury. The combat, originally scheduled for September 16, however, was postponed for a future date to be determined.

For Márquez, the change is not cause for concern.

“Felix has the focus and concentration to do the job. As every athlete wants to compete,” he said.

He also did not rule out the plan to move to Big Bear, California, to complete part of the training program at the gym of Abel Sánchez, whose main pupil is Gennady Golovkin.

“I would not know at this point because we do not yet have everything to make that decision. If a fight arises soon between August and September, I do not rule out Felix going to California,” said Marquez.

“It all depends on whether they tell us when the fight would be … when they give us a safe date.”

On the other hand, Márquez expressed caution regarding the alleged injury of Flanagan and hopes that the WBO receives the document that certifies the same.

“From what I understand, there was dissatisfaction on the part of Flanagan’s representatives. It is a coincidence that the injury happened so fast. It generates suspicion. I can beieve that it is a genuine injury because Flanagan is a warrior, but from I understand it is purely a matter of business,” said Marquez.

Even Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel, president of the WBO, said yesterday that he had not received the medical certificate with details of the Flanagan injury.

“We had problems with the internet service during the past few days, so we have not yet been able to verify if we received it,” Valcárcel concluded.–118799?print_friendly=1

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.

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“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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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


Photos: Sumio Yamada-

Unbeaten WBO lightweight champion “Turbo Terry” Flanagan (32-0, 13 KOs) scored a one-sided eighth round TKO over lackluster challenger Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (25-5-1, 13 KOs).on Saturday night at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. Flanagan pressed the action, while the much smaller Cruz was pretty much in survival mode from the get-go. Flanagan finally dropped Cruz twice in round eight to end the non-competitive contest. Time was :43.

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Date:   Saturday, November 26, 2016


Location:   Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Promoter:  Queensberry Promotions / Frank Warren

Supervisor:  Istvan Kovacs

Referee:  Steve Gray

Judges:  Marcus McDonnell; Lynne Carter; Leu Mihai

Results: Unbeaten WBO lightweight champion “Turbo Terry” Flanagan (32-0, 13 KOs) scored a one-sided eighth round TKO over Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (25-5-1, 13 KOs).

TV: Panama RPC Channel 4


Orlando Cruz ya está en Gales y se mantiene trabajando de cara a su combate titular del sábado ante Terry Flanagan. Después de una larga travesía, Orlando “el Fenómeno” Cruz está acomodado en Cardiff, Gales, con miras a su pleito del sábado contra Terry Flanagan por el cetro ligero (135 libras) de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB).

Desde el momento que arribó a la ciudad y debido a las condiciones lluviosas que ha encontrado allí, Cruz ha limitado su área de movimiento al hotel en el cual está hospedado y al gimnasio que visita para entrenar.

“En la mañana (Cruz) hizo una carrera cómoda, desayunó y después fuimos al gimnasio para entrenar y a una entrevista”, detalló Juan de León, uno de los entrenadores del púgil de 35 años, desde Cardiff.

Cruz, además, ayer tuvo que cumplir con un prepesaje mandatorio. No podía marcar por encima de 139 libras.

“Orlando salió de Puerto Rico en 137 libras y tuvimos que mantenerlo bien hidratado durante el viaje. Subió tal vez hasta 140 libras y requiere un poco de tiempo en lo que el cuerpo vuelve a bajar. Llevamos poco más de 24 horas en Gales”, sostuvo De León.

“El trabajo estuvo concentrado más en el rendimiento de las piernas para que pueda moverse ya que su estilo es más de boxear”, agregó.

De León anticipó que en los últimos dos días antes del pesaje oficial requerirán de un esfuerzo adicional.

“Entre el jueves y el viernes se tendrá que sacrificar un poco, pero se está trabajando y Orlando ha podido comer bien. Es cuestión de seguir jugando con esas tres libras”, sostuvo De León.

Incluso, estimó que Cruz podría marcar hasta 143 libras para cuando se dirija al ring para el combate.

“Como esta pelea vino después de la convención de la OMB, se trabajo más con el rendimiento para que pudiera quedar bajo en el peso y después del pesaje pueda subir a un peso que no le conceda mucha ventaja a Flanagan. Queremos que esté en un peso que le permita moverse rápido en los desplazamientos”, afirmó.

Durante los próximos días, el grupo continuará estudiando pasados pleitos de Flanagan.

“Nuestro trabajo es mantenerlo en las estrategias para que no se le vayan a olvidar. La responsabilidad de establecer un plan está en las manos de Jim Pagán, aunque todo puede cambiar dentro del ring. Orlando es una persona inteligente y sabe lo que tiene que hacer”, relató De León.

Para Cruz, será la segunda oportunidad de pelear por un cetro mundial. En el 2013, disputó con Orlando Salido la corona de las 126 libras, pero el boricua perdió por nocaut en el séptimo asalto.

“(Cruz) cometió un error en aquel momento y fue que se puso incómodo cuando estaba cerca al peso y quiso trabajar. Se fue en contra de la ciencia y la pagó grande. Se desgastó en los asaltos intermedios, no había energía contrario a esta vez que aunque está fuera de su peso, se siente fuerte y está rápido de manos”, concluyó De León.


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El puertorriqueño Orlando “El Fenómeno” Cruz llegará a Cardiff, Gales, repleto de optimismo para retar este próximo sábado a Terry Flanagan, campeón ligero de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB).

“Estoy como navaja”, aseguró Cruz (25-4-1, 13 KO). “Esta pelea será fuera de mi peso así que será un reto para mí. La realidad es que mi peso natural es 126 libras, pero es una oportunidad que me ha dado la OMB para ir (a Gales) para pelear por el título”, agregó.

Cruz no considera que subir hasta las 135 libras representa una desventaja. “Trabajé en sumar un poco de masa muscular para esta pelea sin que me afecte para cuando baje a las 130 libras. Cuando uno mira lo que ha hecho Manny Pacquiao, que inició en 105 libras y llegó a pelear en 154 libras, realmente el peso no lo es todo. Trabajé muy bien para esta pelea, aumenté la masa muscular y se ha visto en los guanteos”, sostuvo Cruz.

El veterano boxeador de 35 años completó una elevada cantidad de asaltos de guanteos con los también púgiles Alberto Machado y Otoniel Rivera, entre otros.

“Ambos son altos al igual que Flanagan. Me ayudaron particularmente en la distancia, se movían y ponían presión. Entiendo que esta vez estoy más maduro, más concentrado, más enfocado en mi carrera. Me cuido, me alimento bien y tengo que dar el ejemplo a los muchachos de mi academia en San Germán”, dijo.

“No es que vaya con la mentalidad de que daré la sorpresa, sino que daré mucho de qué hablar. Tengo mucha fe en que seré campeón porque he visto mis fallas, pero que soy difícil de vencer”, sostuvo.

Cruz detalló que llevará una estrategia para contrarrestar la pegada de Flanagan.

“No haré como Diego Magdaleno que se quedó parado frente a él (Flanagan). Haré mi pelea en el medio del ring, me desplazaré, además de que trabajé mucho en el contrataque. Flanagan lleva la ventaja en estatura y alcance y, por lo tanto, tengo que limitarlo al centro del ring. No me puedo quedar contra las sogas para colocar mis golpes precisos y certeros”, afirmó.

“No tengo ningún tipo de presión. Le voy a quitar el título en su casa”.

Antes de que Cruz surgiera como retador para Flanagan, Félix “El Diamante” Verdejo estaba en posición, pero el joven pelador sufrió un accidente en una motora que aplazó su regreso al ensogado. Cruz adelantó que, si gana la faja ligera de la OMB, bajará de peso en lugar de arriesgarla ante Verdejo.

“El boxeo es un negocio y tengo unas personas que se encargan de esos aspectos de mi carrera, pero mi meta es bajar nuevamente a 130 libras para buscar el título mundial en ese peso y le dejaría el camino libre a Verdejo para que pueda ser campeón de las 135 libras”, concluyó.




August 1, 2016

Frank Warren, Queensberry Promotions

Bob Arum,  Top Rank, Inc.

Re: Negotiations for Mandatory WBO Lightweight Title Bout Between Terry Flanagan vs. Felix Verdejo


Please be advised the parties have 20 days to negotiate an agreement for the Mandatory WBO Lightweight Championship bout between Terry Flanagan and Felix Verdejo. If an accord is not reached within the time frame, a Purse Bid will be ordered.

The minimum acceptable bid for the Lightweight division is $150,000.00 (One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars).

Any one of the parties involved may call for a Purse Bid at any time during the negotiation process.

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Unbeaten WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (31-0 12 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over 42-year-old former world champion Mzonke Fana (38-10, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Ice Arena Wales in Cardiff, Wales. Southpaw Flanagan, making the third defense of his title, dropped Fana in round four, but then suffered a bad cut on his right cheek. Flanagan mostly had the upper hand, but was frustrated by Fana’s awkward style. Flanagan dropped Fana again in round twelve to punctuate the fight. Scores were 120-106 on all three cards.

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verdejo Félix Verdejo sacude a Juan José Martínez con un derechazo al rostro durante si combate celebrado el 11 de junio de pasado en el Teatro del Madison Square Garden. (Archivo / GFR Media)

Aunque tiene dos peleas en agenda antes de pelear por el título, su promotor ya está en pláticas con el campeón inglés Terry Flanagan

Ricky Márquez no es de los que cruza el río antes de llegar al puente.

Pero parece que -en el caso de su pupilo Félix  Verdejo-, ya Márquez puede ver el puente en el horizonte.

El puente se llama Terry Flanagan.

“Ya estamos hablando con el promotor de Flanagan (Frank Warren) y está muy receptivo a nuestra propuesta”, dijo anoche a El Nuevo Día Bob Arum, fundador de Top Rank, la empresa que tiene a Verdejo bajo contrato promocional, agregando que no tienen fecha para el encuentro, preliminarmente proyectado para principios del 2017.

El británico Flanagan es campeón mundial de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) en las 135 libras y un púgil muy popular en su país natal, Reino Unido. Tiene marca de 30-0, con 12 nocauts. Su victoria de más relieve fue el 10 de octubre pasado en Manchester, Inglaterra. Esa noche noqueó aparatosamente al cotizado contendiente Diego Magdaleno, (28-2, 12 nocauts) en el segundo round.

El mexicoamericano llegó a la pelea con Flanagan cargando solo un revés profesional, vía cerrada decisión dividida ante el entonces campeón boricua Román “Rocky” Martínez.

Flanagan también noqueó en dos asaltos  al mexicoamericano José Zepeda, quien llegó a esa pelea con marca de 23-0 y 20 triunfos por nocauts.

Flanagan tiene señalada una defensa titular este sábado en Cardif, Gales, ante Mzonke Fana (38-9, 16 nocauts).

Por su parte, a Ricky Márquez, entrenador y manejador de Verdejo, le gusta la idea de  que la primera cita titular de Verdejo  sea con el campeón mundial  de Manchaster.

“En mi pensar, (Verdejo) está listo. El pollito está curtido, está ‘ready’ para las peleas grandes, las de título mundial. Y definitivamente en las 135 (libras”, sostuvo Márquez.

“Flanagan es un buen peleador, zurdo, de buenos recursos técnicos. Aunque no tiene record de pegador, a Diego Magdaleno lo noqueó feo temprano en la pelea. Pero para ese tipo de reto nos estamos preparando”.

Contra Juan Díaz la próxima

Antes de retar a Flanagan, el peleador de Las Gladiolas deberá vencer al rudo veterano tejano Juan Díaz (41-4, 20 nocauts), quien fue el campeón mundial unificado en las 135 libras de 2007 a 2008.    “Esa pelea será parte de la cartelera de Manny Pacquiao en octubre”, explicó Arum.

Por su parte, Márquez dijo que mucho depende de cómo luzca su pupilo ante  Díaz. Tras evaluar su desempeño ante Díaz, podrían optar por otra pelea preparatoria para Félix, antes de la oportunidad titular ante Flanagan.

Local o visitante

Márquez también expresó que están dispuestos a viajar a Inglaterra para retar a Flanagan.

“Todo es negociable. El campeón es él . A nosotros nos encantaría que fuera acá. Pero si esa es la única manera de ganar el campeonato vamos a donde sea”, aseveró el entrenador y manejador. “Yo estoy seguro de que mi gallo no extraña gallinero. Félix pelea bien aquí en Puerto Rico o donde sea”.

Sin embargo, Arum indicó que retar al campeón en su cancha no es la única opción.

“En las conversaciones que hemos tenido al respecto, Frank Warren ha lucido muy interesado en la pelea, y dispuesto a enfrentar a Verdejo en Estados Unidos”, sostuvo Arum.

Para la pelea con Díaz, la idea de Márquez es que  Verdejo (22-0, 15 nocauts) se acuartele de nuevo, tal y como lo hizo para su parada pelea, contra Juan José Martínez, a quien noqueó en 5 asaltos en su última salida, el 11 de junio en el Teatro del Madison Square Garden de Manhattan.


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In a very disappointing bit of news, WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (30-0, 12, KOs) will be defending his title next month against 42-year-old former two-time IBF lightweight champion Mzonke Fana (38-9, 16 KOs) in the co-feature bout on the July 9 Tyson Fury vs. Wladimir Klitschko card at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. While the Flanagan-Fana fight announcement has been mostly been greeted by positive reactions, I don’t see it as a good fight. Fana, #12 WBO, is no longer a major player in the lightweight division, and he’s been getting regularly as of late.

A fight between Flanagan and Fana would have made sense eight years ago when Fana was still in his prime, but the guy is no longer a top level fighter. Fana is heading towards journeyman with the way he’s getting beaten.

It’s not just the fact that Fana is getting beaten. It’s the guys that he’s losing to. Fana is getting beaten by 2nd tier guys now at this point in his career and losing over and over again. I honestly don’t know how or why the World Boxing Organization has Fana ranked #12, when he was beaten two times in 2015 by non-top 15 ranked fighters. In other words, Fana was beaten by 2nd tier fighters twice last year in defeats to Hedi Slimani and Xolisani Ndongeni. Fana was also beaten by Edis Tatli in 2013.

“Fana is a two time world champion at super-featherweight, he’s highly experienced, tough and has a very good jab. He will be coming over here looking to take my title but it’s not going to happen,” said Flaangan.

Flanagan says Fana won’t get his WBO title. You think. What a mismatch. I don’t even know why Flanagan is bothering to make a comment on the outcome of this fight, because it’s painfully obvious that he’s going to win. When you get an old timer as your opponent with two recent losses to fodder opposition, then yeah, I think you’re going to win. But why in the heck if Flanagan fighting a near bottom ranked guy like Fana rather than someone ranked higher and doing better in their careers? I’m just saying.

Flanagan needs to step it up a level and face the cream of the lightweight crop rather than facing guys that left their best years behind them eight years ago. I mean, I’m for champions fighting voluntary defenses from time to time, but at least they should face guys that are actually winning and doing well rather than fighters that have taken two recent losses to 2nd tier opposition like Fana.

I think Flanagan is a good fighter, but he’s capable of beating better contenders than 42-year-old Fana. That’s just soft match-making if you ask me. They might as well have selected Fana’s opponent from the retirement ranks because selecting an older fighter that is getting beaten repeatedly by 2nd tier fighters the way Fana is just isn’t sporting in my view. I do not understand that kind of match-making.

Instead of Flanagan being matched against the struggling Fana, why wasn’t he put in with #1 WBO, Jose Zepeda, #2 WBO Felix Verdejo, #3 WBO Michael Perez, #4 WBO Jose Felix Jr., #5 WBO Daud Yordan, #6 Sharif Bogere, #7 Saul Rodriguez, #8 Petr Petrov, #9 Liam Walsh, #10 Juan Martin Elorde or #11 Fernando David Saucedo? At least those guys would have made a fight out of it. I think Flanagan would lose to Verdejo, which I guess is why we’re not seeing him get the fight.



Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren has issued a statement on making a potential unification clash between WBO lightweight world champion Terry Flanagan (30-0, 12 KOs) and WBA lightweight king Anthony Crolla (31-4-3, 13 KOs). “In simple terms, no barriers, no excuses, let’s get it done! The ball is now firmly in Team Crolla’s court. Flanagan is ready and I’m ready and our door is open,” stated Warren.

Quite simply, Flanagan v Crolla has to happen. when has there even been an opportunity to see two world champions from the same city, in fact the same school, attempt to unify their World titles?

Far too often, politics get in the way of making great events, now so more than ever before. During my 35 year career, I have co-promoted countless of events with major promoters in the UK and around the world, including Matchroom so I see no reason why this cannot happen again.

It seems the one stumbling block being flagged up by Matchroom Sport was the issue of the respective fighters rival broadcast platforms, Sky Sports, who televise Anthony Crolla’s fights and BoxNation, who televise Terry Flanagan. To get over this, as Terry’s exclusive Promoter, I am prepared to agree, subject to contract and the commercial terms offered by Sky, that Sky Sports Box Office, can have the exclusive UK broadcast rights to the event to make it happen.

This should ensure that the Sky Sports/BoxNation argument cannot be used as a smokescreen to prevent this fight from happening. I will not make counter offers to secure the event for BoxNation providing Sky Sports Box Office do not offer unreasonable terms.

I will agree to this if the following terms are accurately reflected in a contract:

    The Event is staged by Queensberry Promotions Ltd and Matchroom Sport Ltd, on an equal 50:50 basis. All decisions regarding the event, including pricing and costs, must be mutually agreed.
    The Event takes place in 2016 at the Manchester Arena.
    Manchester Arena’s official ticketing partner, Eventim, receive the sole and exclusive ticketing rights for the event. No secondary ticket agents are permitted to be a sponsor, associate or partner of the event, such as StubHub and the like.
    Each co-promoter is responsible for paying the purse of their respective boxers (i.e. Terry Flanagan to be paid by Queensberry Promotions and Anthony Crolla to be paid by Matchroom Sports) with an undercard to be mutually agreed.

This is an opportunity for both Terry and Anthony to earn career high purses, along with delivering a huge British unification clash for the fans. There is no reason why we cannot move forward on what are fair and reasonable terms for all involved and get this fight on, that is of course if they want it to.

Contrary to the opinion of a few people with their own agenda, no other fight for either fighter can deliver them the type of pay day and profile that is possible from this event. It has all the ingredients to be a special night and an historic one for Manchester. Two World Champions from the same City, same school and arguably the number 1 and 2 in the lightweight division putting it all on the line for local bragging rights. Add on top of that that one is a City fan and the other United. What more could you ask for?

Boxing fans have called for Promoters to put aside rivalries, egos and personal agendas and collaborate to deliver the best possible fights for the public. Here is the perfect opportunity to do this and I’m playing my part.

I am making this statement public to show boxing fans how serious I am about making this event happen. Neither the fighters, nor the public deserve to miss out on what will be a memorable night for British boxing.

In simple terms, no barriers, no excuses, let’s get it done! The ball is now firmly in Team Crolla’s court. Flanagan is ready and I’m ready and our door is open.

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Terry Flanagan retained his WBO world lightweight title with a unanimous points decision over Derry Mathews.

The undefeated Manchester fighter, 26, was awarded a 117-110, 115-112, 117-110 verdict over his Liverpool opponent.

Flanagan was docked a point in the eighth round by referee Phil Edwards for using his forearm, after receiving repeated warnings for pushing.

But it made no difference at the Liverpool Echo Arena as 32-year-old Mathews slipped to a 10th defeat.

Flanagan has now won all 30 of his professional fights.

His promoter, Frank Warren, says “the obvious next fight” for him is against fellow Mancunian and holder of the WBA lightweight world title Anthony Crolla.

“We’ve made him a big offer,” said Warren on Box Nation. “Let the two of them fight. There’s no problem from our end. It’s a fight that could be made.

“Other than that I like the Linares fight,” he added, referring to Venezuelan three-weight champion Jorge Linares, who currently holds the WBC version of the world lightweight title.


Date:   Saturday, February 13, 2016


Location:   Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom

Promoter:    Queensberry Promotions / Frank Warren

Supervisor:  John Handelaar



Results:   The Champion Terry Flanagan retained the WBO Lightweight Title with unanimous decision against Derry Mathews.

TV:  Panama Cable Onda Sports