Flanagan retains title; Williams, Langford and Evans win in Cardiff

WBN 27/11/2016

Terry Flanagan kept a firm grip on his WBO lightweight title with an eighth round stoppage of Orlando Cruz in Cardiff.

The Mancunian, fighting against a predominant super-featherweight, had too much power in his locker and broke the Puerto Rican down gradually.

A fight against the winner of the rematch between Jorge Linares and Anthony Crolla is now the target for Flanagan, now 32-0, after what was a fourth successful defence of his world crown.

Also on the Motorpoint Arena bill, Tommy Langford picked up the vacant British middleweight title previously in the possession of Chris Eubank Jr.

Langford fought twelve hard rounds with Sam Sheedy but his superior grit and determination shone through to secure a split decision win on the cards.

Earlier, Craig Evans ended his trilogy argument with Tom Stalker by shading a majority points win following two draws between the pair.

The man everyone in Wales came to see, Liam Williams made up for his fight with Ahmet Patterson falling through by claiming a fringe version of the WBO belt against Gabor Gorbics.

Williams closed out the fight in the eighth round to improve his record to 16-0-1.

Kid Galahad, Nathan Gorman, Rueben Arrowsmith, Jay Harris and Alex Hughes celebrated victories on the undercard, whilst Jason Sillett suffered a shock defeat to 20-loss Henry Janes.