Terry Flanagan defended his WBO lightweight championship by defeating Petr Petrov via unanimous decision in Manchester, England on Saturday. The scores were 120-108, 118-110, and 116-112. With the win, Flanagan runs his record to a perfect 33-0, 13 KO’s.
Petrov had his moments in the fight, but Flanagan controlled the action with jabs and was able to counter punch effectively.
“I knew I was in for a tough fight,” said Flanagan when interviewed by BoxNation in the U.K. “(Petrov) was very durable, but if I’d listened to (my trainer) and forced him back more I would have stopped him. I was a bit cagey in there but I knew that I was winning comfortably.”
Flanagan’s promoter, Frank Warren, made it clear that they are looking for the big fights from here on out.
“Terry wants a big fight and there are big fights to be made,” stated Frank Warren. “We all seen (Jorge) Linares and what he did with Anthony Crolla, and of course (Vasyl) Lomachenko is fighting (Jason Sosa) tonight. They’re two really tough fights for Terry.
“I think they can be done. I’m convinced they can be done. The Linares fight is the one that I want to make but (Terry) has to be at the top of his game. The tougher the opposition, the more you’re going to get out of Terry. (Petrov) was the toughest guy in the division other than the other world champions and I thought Terry won well tonight.”