Name Terry Flanagan
Total fights 29
Height 1.78 m
Wins by ko 12
|Rated at Lightweight
Born June 11, 1989 (age 26) (1989-06-11)
Division Lightweight, Super featherweight
Terry Flanagan (born 11 June 1989) is a British professional boxer. He has held the WBO lightweight title since 2015, becoming the first Englishman to win a world title at lightweight. He also held the British lightweight title in 2014, and won the Prizefighter tournament in 2012. As of May 2017, he is ranked as the world's third best lightweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and The Ring magazine, and fourth by BoxRec.
- Early career
- Super featherweight
- Prizefighter tournament
- Miscellaneous fights
- Flanagan vs. Ormond
- Flanagan vs. Zepeda
- Early defences
- Flanagan vs. Cruz
- Flanagan vs. Petrov
- Flanagan vs. Verdejo
From Ancoats in Manchester, Terry Flanagan had his first professional fight in 2009, beating Danny McDermid on points.
After winning his first 12 fights between 2009 and 2012, he beat Dougie Curran in May 2012 to take the vacant English super featherweight title. This was the second time the two had fought, previously meeting in 2010. Curran entered with a record of 0-6-1 in his previous seven bouts. Flanagan had one point deducted for holding in the 5th round. The judges, after 10 rounds scored the bout (99-90, 99-91 twice). He successfully defended the title four months later against Troy James on points (99-92, 99-93, 98-94).
Flanagan took part in the Prizefighter Series: The Lightweights II at the Olympia in Liverpool on October 6, 2012. In the quarter finals, Flanagan defeated Patrick Walsh (10-1, 3 KOs) via unanimous decision 29-28 on all three judges cards. In the semi finals, Flanagan knocked down Derry Mathews (30-7-1, 16 KOs) in round 2, winning the fight via decision 29-27 on all scorecards. Flanagan went on to win the prizefighter tournament in the final defeating Gary Sykes (20-2, 5 KOs) via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29).
In April 2013, on the undercard of Khan-Diaz at Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, Flanagan fought and defeated former unified World Lightweight champion Nate Campbell (36-10-1, 26 KOs). Campbell retired on his stool at the end of round 4 with an injured right hand.
On July 26, 2014, Flanagan claimed the vacant BBBofC British lightweight title by defeating British boxer Martin Gethin (24-5-1, 11 KOs). Gethin did not come out for round 8 after his right ear was badly swollen.
Flanagan vs. Ormond
Flanagan challenged WBO European lightweight champion Stephen Ormond (17-1, 8 KOs) on February 14, 2015 at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. In round 9, Ormond was deducted a point for use of the head, and ultimately disqualified in round 10 for persistent use of the head, thus losing his belt in the process. At the time of disqualification, Flanagan was heading towards a unanimous decision win (88-82, 88-82, 88-82). The win ensured Flanagan would next fight for the WBO world title next. Possible opponents were Juan Diaz or Takahiro Ao.
Flanagan vs. Zepeda
After claiming the WBO European title, Flanagan stepped up to challenge unbeaten American Jose Zepeda (23-0, 20 KOs) for the vacant WBO Lightweight title. The title was left vacant by Terrence Crawford, after he moved up weight class. The fight took place at the Velodrome in Manchester on July 11, 2015. Flanagan registered an early win on a technical decision. Zepeda sustained what looked like a bad dislocation to his shoulder due to clash of arms and was unable to continue, retiring on his stool after round 2. Despite the fight endind early, Flanagan admitted he was upset with the fight finishing after just six minutes of action and talked about a rematch to prove he is the better boxer. He told Boxnation, "I want to prove that I'm the better boxer. Now I'm world champion I can start believing in myself. Lifting a world title is unreal."
Flanagan successfully retained his world title on October 10 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester against number 1 ranked WBO 28 year old Diego Magdaleno (28-1, 12 KOs). The fight was halted after Flanagan unloaded a flurry of shots against Magdaleno when he was trapped against the ropes. The official time of the stoppage was 2:38 of round 2. Flanagan dropped Magdaleno down three times in total. Referee Terry O’Connor decided to halt it rather than let Magdaleno continue to fight.
Flanagan met Liverpudlian Derry Mathews (38-9-2, 20 KOs) in a rematch, the first being the Prizefighter semi final, which Flanagan won, at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on March 12, 2016. The fight was originally scheduled to take place on 13 February, but was postponed after Flanagan suffered a severe tendonitis on his left foot. Although Flanagan was penalized one point in round eight for throwing and landing an illegal forearm to the chin of Mathews, Flanagan won the fight convincingly via unanimous decision (115-112, 117-110, 117-110). Flanagan overcame a slow start before taking control of the fight in the second half. Both boxers were knocked down once in round 2.
Flanagan was set to make a third defence of his WBO lightweight title against former IBF super-featherweight champion Mzonke Fana (38-9, 16 KOs) on the undercard of Tyson Fury's cancelled July 9 rematch with Wladimir Klitschko. Due to that fight being postponed, the fight was moved to take place at the Ice Arena in Cardiff on July 16. Flanagan successfully defended his title with a battling win that went the full 12 rounds. Fana rallied after a fourth-round knockdown from a huge left hook but Flanagan's class ensured a third successive title defence. Flanagan troubled Fana with another powerful left in the eighth before dropping him again in the final round. All three judges agreed a 120-106 points success to ensure Flanagan earned a 31st successive win.
Flanagan vs. Cruz
It was announced on October 27, 2016 that Flanagan would defend his WBO title against 35 year old former world title challenger Orlando Cruz (25-4-1, 13 KOs) at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on November 26. A card promoted by Frank Warren which would also feature Billy Joe Saunders first title defence against Artur Akavov. Cruz failed to become boxing's first openly-gay world champion after suffering a knockout loss to Orlando Salido for the vacant WBO featherweight title in 2013. This was Flanagan's fourth title defence. With a successful defence, Flanagan would be on course for a future unification fight against the winner of the rematch between Anthony Crolla and Jorge Linares. Flanagan spoke of the fight claiming Cruz is a dangerous fighter but he would be looking to retain his title via stoppage. Flanagan knocked Cruz down twice in the 8th round, the second of which came after a right hand to the temple, which prompted referee Steve Gray to stop the fight 43 seconds into the round. Flanagan had dominated throughout the fight until the finish.
Flanagan vs. Petrov
At a press conference on 23 January 2017, Frank Warren announced that Flanagan would be making his fifth defence of his WBO world title against former super lightweight world title challenger Petr Petrov (38-4-2, 19 KO's) on 8 April 2017 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester. This would be the first time since October 2015 that Flanagan would be fighting in his home city. The fight went the distance and Flanagan won via unanimous decision. One judge scored the fight a close 116-112 whilst the other two had wide margins of 118-110 and 120-108. Many media outlets including ESPN believed the wider scores were unfair and disrespectful to Petrov even though he may not have done enough to win the fight, he made a lot of rounds close and hard to score. Flanagan said he and his team would target the big names including Jorge Linares and Vasyl Lomachenko.
Flanagan vs. Verdejo
On June 12, 2017 the WBO president Francisco Valcarcel received word that promoters Bob Arum and Frank Warren were working closely together to come to an agreement for a fight to take place between Flanagan and undefeated mandatory challenger Félix Verdejo (23-0, 15 KOs). Some sources claimed the fight would take place on September 9 in Manchester. There was a hold up in the negotiations due to Verdejo being offered $175,000, however his representatives were looking for him to earn in the region of $450,000 having to travel to Flanagan's home country to challenge for the title. A deal was finally reached for the fight to take place on 16 September 2017 at the Copper Box Arena in London. WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders was confirmed to take part on the same card. The fight would also mark the fight tile Flanagan would fight in London. On 17 July, Warren emailed Top Rank to make them aware that Flanagan had suffered a leg injury, thus postponing the fight. The WBO requested that medical evidence had to be sent to them. Flanagan's team confirmed the evidence would be sent the next day.