Flanagan defeats stubborn Petrov, retains WBO lightweight belt

Joe Hewlett 09/04/2017

Terry Flanagan remains undefeated and in possession of the WBO lightweight strap after sharing twelve rounds with Petr Petrov in Manchester.

The Mancunian delighted the crowd by having his hands raised on the back of the judges’ scorecards reading 120-108, 118-110 and 116-112 in favour of the champion.

Flanagan is now 33-0 following what was the fifth defence of his 135 pound belt as ‘Turbo’ moves on to bigger and better things.

In the highly-anticipated co-feature fight, the two Liam’s – Smith and Williams, lived up to the hype after nine brutal rounds of boxing.

Williams’ corner threw the towel in after the end of round nine due to bad a cut over the eyelid.

The Welshmen started the quicker out of the two, controlling the early battle with slick combinations and impressive footwork. 

After three rounds, Smith had a cut to the side of his eye which came under question half way through round seven when the doctor intervened to check if he could continue the fight.

Despite Smith gaining momentum, the concern was that his corner would have to pull him out.

Trainer Joe Gallagher was enraged with disbelief during the fight as Williams continued to grab Smith and slow down the fight.

‘Beefy’ Smith battled back in the mid-rounds though, with damaging shots to the face and body in the sixth. The remaining rounds left the crowd on their toes with excitement as both traded shots to each other.

The fight took yet another twist with the damage being done in the eighth. It looked likely that Smith was close to ending the fight before the bell saved Williams.

Hats off to both men who put on an exhilarating fight with blood, sweat and tears left in the ring.

Nicola Adams’ first fight as a professional under Frank Warren began with a fairy-tale start as she defeated Virginia Noemi Carcamo on points.

She didn’t have it all her way through with the South American proving a stern and durable test for four rounds.

However, the double Olympic Gold Medallist used her experience to edge out the stubborn Argentine to win on points.

The Yorkshire lass has teamed up with American superstar Virgil Hunter and has been training in the States with the likes of Amir Khan around in the gym.

The Leeds boxer will be fighting next on the Josh Warrington undercard next month at the First Direct Arena.

Chorley lad Jack Catterall displayed a dominant performance as he defeated Martin Gethin to retain the WBO Intercontinental title.

Catterall knocked the Midlander down three times before the referee stopped the fight in round three. The super-lightweight showed signs of remorse and intent as he aims to move in on a summer clash with Tyrone Nurse.

Big-punching Daniel ‘Dangerman’ Dubois barely broke sweat after winning on his debut, winning in just 35 seconds against ‘Caveman’ Marcus KellDubois

Dubois used all of his 16 stone 7lbs to his advantage as it took him just one small combination to send Kelly over and out.

Kelly, from Cornwell, got the biggest cheer of the night as he came out swinging. He landed four or five shots on the former ABA champion before being floored.

A short night’s work for the 19-year-old who Tyson Fury has tipped to become the next heavyweight superstar of British boxing.

Earlier, Paul Butler continued the winning formula under the guidance of trainer Joe Gallagher as he defeated Carlos Ruiz via knockout.

Butler’s early dominance proved pivotal, with the Englishmen’s fancy footwork and range movement proving too good for the Argentinian.

The opening rounds for Butler produced a flurry of quick combinations against Ruiz before the Ellesmere Port man took him out in round number four.

Ruiz attempted to get up but the referee intervened and threw the towel in.

The win represents Butler’s sixth consecutive victory and the ‘Babyfaced Assassin’ is eyeing up another attempt of becoming world champion in the bantamweight division.

Mason Cartwright’s entrance to the ring took longer than the fight as he banished Sam Omidi in just 65 seconds.

The Ellesmere Port boxer produced a stunning knockdown in the opening 30 seconds before Omidi got back up from the canvas.

However, despite showing bravery, it was only another 30 seconds before Cartwright knocked him down again to win the contest and improve to 9-0-1.

Cartwright’s hometown has had a Saturday night to cheer about with Paul Butler also victorious tonight at the M.E.N Arena.

Other results:

‘Jimmy’ Kilrain Kelly PTS over Rick Godding

Mark Heffron TKO2 over Achilles Szabo

Zelfa Barrett TKO6 over Ross Jameson

Jordan Thompson TKO2 over Jevgenijs Andrejevs

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95