Terry Flanagan vs Mzonke Fana Set as Chief Support for Tyson Fury vs Wladimir Klitschko

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Manchester’s Lightweight King Terry Flanagan will make the third defence of his WBO World Title against South Africa’s two-time world champion Mzonke Fana as chief-support of World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury’s rematch with Wladimir Klitschko at the Manchester Arena on July 9, live and exclusive on BoxNation.

Undefeated Flanagan, 30-0 12 KO’s, makes a hero’s return to Manchester after defending his world title in enemy territory against Liverpool’s Derry Mathews in March. All-action ‘Turbo’ smashed mandatory challenger Diego Magdaleno inside two rounds in his last outing at the Manchester Arena last October and is predicting another devastating performance on his big return.

“It doesn’t get any bigger than fighting as chief support and right before the lineal heavyweight championship of the world. The world will be watching as a fellow Manchester man Tyson Fury aims to show he’s the best heavyweight on the planet once again,” said Flanagan.

He added: “Fana is a two time world champion at super-featherweight, he’s highly experienced, tough and has a very good jab. He will be coming over here looking to take my title but it’s not going to happen,”

“There’s going to be 20,000 Mancunians cheering on two of their own in world title fights. I’m going to pick up where I left off and continue to show everyone that I am the number one lightweight in the world.”

Flanagan, 26, has come a long way since his impressive BoxNation debut against Yordan Vasilev back in May 2014. Since then the Mancunian has gone on to become a world champion and says he owes a lot of his success to his loyal support. 

He said: “It’s great to get back home in front of my own fans; especially on such a big bill. The Manchester Arena is right on my door step so it’s will be good for my fans; it’s only a 5 minute walk from the estate. The atmosphere is going to be something else.”

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Terry Flanagan Successfully Defends WBO World Lightweight Crown vs Derry Mathews

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Terry Flanagan beat challenger Derry Mathews to retain his WBO World Lightweight crown with a unanimous decision at the Liverpool Echo Arena.

All-action Turbo proved why he is rated as one of the world’s very best lightweights despite the best efforts of the brave Mathews. The packed-out Arena were treated to an explosive performance from both men who gave it their all to take home the WBO belt. 

Flanagan silenced the hostile Liverpool crowd early on with his blistering hand speed and silky movement. Undefeated Flanagan began to take control of the fight in the early rounds, landing powerful combinations on the Scouse challenger. The southpaw found his range in the second round and appeared to have too much for Mathews to handle.

32 year-old Mathews lived up to his ‘Dirty’ nickname, punching in the clinch and doing his all to stop the relentless onslaught form the Mancunian lightweight king. Challenger Mathews began to fight back in the fourth round, landing two big hooks on the cornered Flanagan. Both men took a warning form the referee for pushing as the massive all-British showdown began to spice up.

Mathews went looking for his renowned big punch in the fifth round and connected well with a solid right hand. The Scouse half of the crowd could sense their man was getting back into the bout as Mathews took the fifth round. Chants of ‘Derry Derry!’ filled the electric arena.

Derry remained a threat throughout the sixth round and continued to cause the champion problems; finding his way through Flanagan’s defence repeatedly. 

Despite Flanagan edging the rounds Mathews remained a constant threat. The referee finally docked Flanagan a point for the use of his elbow in the eighth round to the delight of Mathew’s supporters. 

An explosive start to the ninth round saw both men trade at will, with the eagerly-anticipated world title clash was turning into a real barn burner.

Southpaw Flanagan started to retake control of the bout in the tenth round, dominating the middle of the ring and forcing Mathews onto the ropes. 

Sensing he was down on the score cards, Mathews came out of his corner in the eleventh round looking to end the contest with a show-stopping punch. It was too little too late for the man looking to land a full world title in his 50th professional fight as the judges handed Flanagan a unanimous decision. 

Full results from the Echo Arena, Liverpool:

Fight # 1
6 X 3 Minute Rounds Lightweight Contest
ZELFA BARRETT WPTS6 (60-54) DAMIAN LAWNICZAK

Fight # 2
6 X 3 Minute Rounds International Middleweight Contest
VIJENDER SINGH WKO3 (1:02) ALEXANDER HORVATH

Fight # 3
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Featherweight Contest
LYON WOODSTOCK WPTS4 (40-36) IBRAR RIYA

Fight # 4
8 X 3 Minute Rounds Bantamweight Contest
RYAN FARRAG WKO2 (2:12) STEFAN SLAVCHEV

Fight # 5
THE VACANT IBF INTERNATIONAL BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds
ZOLANI TETE WTKO7 (2:37) JOSE SANTOS GONZALEZ 

Fight # 6
THE WBO INTERCONTINENTAL AND VACANT COMMONWEALTH MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds
TOMMY LANGFORD WPTS12 (118-110, 118-111, 118-111) LEWIS TAYLOR

Fight # 7
THE VACANT WBO INTERNATIONAL SUPER-FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds
PAUL BUTLER WTKO9 (1:27) SEBASTIAN SANCHEZ    

Fight # 8
THE WBO WORLD LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12 X 3 Minute Rounds
TERRY FLANAGAN WPTS12 (117-110 115-112 117-110) DERRY MATHEWS

Fight # 9
8 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Bantamweight Contest
JAZZA DICKENS WRTD6 REYNALDO CAJINA 

Fight # 10
THE ENGLISH CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
10 X 3 Minute Rounds
MATTY ASKIN     WTKO2 (1:18) SIMON BARCLAY

Fight # 11
8 X 3 Minute Rounds International Flyweight Contest
KEVIN SATCHELL WPTS8 (80-72) ADRIAN GARZON

Vijender Singh Prepares for Return on Terry Flanagan vs Derry Mathews Card

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Indian superstar Vijender Singh is moving fast towards his first professional title shot this summer and must next dispose of dangerous Hungarian Alexander Horvath at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday 12th March to stay on track.

The red-hot middleweight ace, who won Bronze at the 2008 Olympic Games, is undefeated in three fights with three knockouts in only six rounds of action since his pro debut last October and aims to take out Horvath in quick time. 

Singh will have no time to rest as he has another big fight lined up just three weeks’ later at the Harrow Sports Centre, London, as he builds towards his ground-breaking title opportunity in India.

The 30-year-old, from Bhiwani, is an icon in his homeland and his summer hero’s return will be a national homecoming event and he says there is no way that rival Horvath will upset that from happening.

“It’s my absolute dream to fight back home in India in front of my countrymen and women so I won’t let Horvath get in my way of that at all,” Stated Singh.

“I need to continue my unbeaten record and it’s important that I put on a commanding performance against Horvath and then next at Harrow to keep on course for my title shot and my homecoming,”

“Hovath is a good solid opponent for, maybe he will give me a few new tests, he has done more rounds than me and has a bit more experience, but will that compete with the power that I have and when I start landing my shots I don’t believe that he’ll be standing around for too long.”

“I’m really excited as this is my first fight of the year and there are big plans ahead so I aim to make a very big statement of intent in Liverpool against Horvath that will show that I’m ready to fight for a title later this year.”

Horvath, from Törökszentmiklós, comes into the fight against Singh with a record of five wins from seven fights.  The 20-year-old has the edge in experience over Singh with 31 rounds under his belt and has no fear fighting abroad taking bouts in Slovakia and France.

He says he has seen plenty of weaknesses in Singh and he can be the first man to exploit them and inflict the first defeat to shatter his homecoming title dreams.

“Three before me have tried and failed to beat Singh so now I will finally end this pretender’s hope of winning a title,” Stormed Horvath.

“Everyone who has gone into the ring with him seem like they are a rabbit in headlights.  I have seen nothing from Singh that worries me or causes any sleepless nights so I’m fully confident going into the fight and ready to knock him out,”

“I hope that his chin is ready for the punches that I will be landing on them because for once he will be put under a real test by me.”

Singh features on an action packed card headlined by Terry Flanagan v Derry Mathews for the WBO World Lightweight Championship that also features one of the worlds greatest boxers, Guillermo Rigondeaux, taking on Merseyside hero Jazza Dickens; another star of world boxing, dynamite punching South African Zolani Tete challenges for the Vacant IBF International Bantamweight Championship against Jose Santos Gonzalez; Birmingham ace Tommy Langford defends his WBO Intercontinental Middleweight title against Lewis Taylor; hard-hitting Ellesmere Port’s star Paul Butler will challenge for a championship belt; Blackpool’s Matty Askin defends his English Cruiserweight title against Swindon’s Lawrence Bennett.  The undercard features some of the best talent in Merseyside: undefeated leading world title contender Kevin Satchell; red-hot prospect Steven Lewis; European Champion Ryan Farrag; Manchester prospects Macaulay McGowan and Zelfa Barrett and Leicester ace Lyon Woodstock complete the card.