Terry Flannigan Wins Prizefighter Lightweights

By: Jack Bowers

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Terry Flannigan wins Prizefighter Lightweights
It was built up as the best line up in Prizefighter history, there was a great mix of big name fighters and good young fighters and this had fight fans bursting with excitement.

They were not to be let down; Saturday’s prizefighter was arguably the best ever. It had almost everything: an underdog winning, good boxing, scraps, cuts, controversy and fantastic wars, the only thing lacking was a knock out.

The pre-fight talk was about a possible Anthony Crolla v Derry Matthews final, it’s what most people wanted but it was Terry Flannigan who walked away with the trophy and the £32k pay cheque.

To the half-hearted fight fan Flannigan would have been unknown.  The Manchester fighter, who put his unbeaten record (15-0) on the line, shocked most of the Liverpool Olympia with his superb performance.
The sold out Olympia was treated to a fine final. Flannigan took the first round with relative ease, Sykes couldn’t cope with his southpaw style and Flannigan caught his opponent regularly with straight lefts. However, Sykes stepped up a gear in the second round scoring consistently with body shots.

With the two fighters clearly level after two rounds it made for a very exciting final round.  Both fighters showed fantastic boxing skill throughout the Prizefighter but with £32k on the line and a chance to propel their careers- they scrapped.

Flannigan was dragged into an up close battle and bravely stood and traded punches with the former British Champion. His bravery and power earned him a 29-28 victory from two of the judges.

The 23-year-old was the most consistent fighter throughout the tournament. He never got caught with powerful punches. He swept away Patrick Liam Walsh and then managed to beat crowd favourite and former British Champion Derry Matthews in the semi-final.

His straight point’s victory over Matthews, who earlier beat Spence on points, was made easier due to the fact both of Matthews eyes were seriously cut. The scouse fighter later had to have 19 stitches in his eyes.
Sykes route to the final started with a hint of controversy. In a very close fight with young prospect Tommy Coyle, Sykes won on points. However, most of the Olympia, as well as 66% of sky viewers thought that Coyle deserved the win.

But the runner-up learned from his mistakes in that fight and produced a great display against favourite Anthony Crolla. Crolla done enough to win the first round but after he was cut from an unfortunate head clash Sykes showed his class and went through to the final.

If this wasn’t the best Prizefighter to date, then it was certainly one of the best. This star-studded night belonged to an unknown Mancunian who extends his unbeaten record to 18-0. His future in the sport could be very promising, remember the name.

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