Terry Flanagan WBO World Lightweight Champion
Terry “Turbo” Flanagan the WBO World Lightweight Champion fights Petr Petrov on the weekend this will be the pride of Manchester’s fifth defence of his belt since winning the vacant belt from Zose Zepeda 11th July 2015. He boasts an impressive record of 32-0 with 13 of those wins coming by KO.
Flanagan tops the bill which is live on BT Sport 1 at 8.30 this Saturday, April 8th. The fight is also available to watch on BT Sport.com and the BT SportApp.
Famed for his southpaw stance and known as the people’s champ we have no doubt that that the Manchester arena will be packed and chants of a blue moon will be heard all over the city.
Amateur Days in Manchester
He first started training at the age of 7 defying his parent’s wishes and crossing the busy Oldham road to train at the Ancoats lads ABC he later moved on to the Northside ABC in Clayton at the age of 14.
By his own admission, Flanagan was a small amateur losing half of his 60 bouts. He says “I always conceded weight to get fights. I’d regularly weigh in with my ball guard under my shorts and bags of coppers stuffed in my pockets and boots.
Since the latter years of his amateur career, he has been trained by fellow Manc Steve Maylett.
Maylett has been heard saying that Terry Flanagan is in his prime and in top physical condition for this fight. He holds the longest unbeaten run in British Boxing and by no means wants to give that up in front of his home crowd in Manchester.
A big win against Petrov should secure a large payday fight in the Autumn against one of the big names in the division namely Jorge Linares, Mikey Garcia, Rances Barthelemy.
It is no secret that Terry Flanagan has been avoided at times in the Lightweight division as he known to be a tricky, strong skilful southpaw with a massive heart but with a clear win on Saturday one of the big career defining fights looms ever closer.
The Opponent Petr Petrov Aint No Mug
Terry Flanagan is fighting is fighting a fifth title defence of the belt against Petr Petrov boasting a record of 38-4 19 of those wins coming by KO. Born in Russia now trains in Madrid Spain. He is currently ranked 10th in the World rankings making this a tough fight for Terry Flanagan.
Of all the opponents besides Linares, Garcia and Easter Jnr this is one of toughest defences Flanagan could have chosen this is a must win fight if he wants to secure a huge payday with names mentioned. Anyone of those names will be an epic battle and sure to be a big hit on pay per view.
Flanagan vs Petrov tops the bill on Saturday night which boasts an impressive card and one that signals a return to form of Frank Warren who has spearheaded the deal to show all of his fighters on BT Sport allowing them a larger platform to compete with Eddie Hearn over at Matchroom and Sky Sports.