Terry Flanagan has vacated his WBO Lightweight World Championship and will move up to 140lbs.
The undefeated Manchester star (33-0, 13 KOs) will automatically become the number one contender for the WBO Super-Lightweight World Title.
Flanagan faced Mexican-American, Jose Zepeda for the WBO World Lightweight title on July 11th 2015. Flanagan was victorious in the second round after Zepeda was forced to retire in the second round after dislocating his shoulder.
When Flanagan stopped American challenger Diego Magdaleno in a hail of punches back in October 2015 during the maiden defence of his WBO World Lightweight title, it had taken the all-action southpaw under six minutes to prove his World class credentials.
Magdaleno had arrived in the North West from his home in Las Vegas backed by a solid reputation for durability having only tasted defeat once in 28 contests and buoyed by the appointment of World rated and respected coach Joel Diaz, but the quietly spoken Flanagan proved he cares nothing of reputation’s by blitzing the American in fine style.
Then in March 2016 the Steve Maylett trained Champion retained his WBO World title with a wide points decision over Liverpool veteran Derry Mathews in an absorbing arm wrestle of a fight in front of a packed-out Liverpool Echo Arena.
Flanagan successfully made the third defence of his World Title against the experienced Mzonke Fana at the Cardiff Ice Arena. South Africa’s Fana provided Flanagan with a stern test but the Ancoats man came away with a unanimous decision win.
Orlando Cruz was “Turbo’s” next victim. Flanagan successfully defended his WBO belt with an eighth-round stoppage of Cruz at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff. Cruz was bidding to become the first openly gay boxer to win a World title.
In his last fight, Flanagan advanced to 33-0 after he beat he beat his durable Russian-born challenger Petr Petrov via a unanimous points decision in front of his hometown fans at Manchester Arena. The judges scored the contest 116-112, 120-108 and 118-110. It was the first World Title fight to be broadcast live on BT Sport.