Terry Flanagan & Liam Smith Send Diego Magdaleno & John Thompson Back to U.S. Empty Handed

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Best of British, Terry Flanagan and Liam Smith, spanked the Yanks at the Manchester Arena in their world title fights with Flanagan retaining his title and Smith being crowned new world champion.
 
Manchester ace Flanagan destroyed his mandatory challenger Diego Magdaleno inside two round in the first defence of his WBO World Lightweight title, while Liverpool star Smith smashed John Thompson in seven rounds.
 
It was vindication for Flanagan who won the vacant title in July against Jose Zepeda, but a only after the American dislocated his shoulder in the second round.  Flanagan was on a mission to prove that he is the real deal and he caused huge eruptions in the boxing world with his performance over Magdaleno.
 
The 26-year-old southpaw floored Magdaleno with a barrage of powerful hooks and crosses three times before the referee called a halt to the action in the second round at 2:30, leaving Magdaleno looking like he’d been hit by a hurricane. 
 

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Flanagan sent a firm message out to his domestic rivals Derry Mathews and Anthony Crolla that he’s the best man in Britain at 135lb and a message to the world that he is also the leading fighter in the division.
 
He said afterwards, “That was a cracking performance, I was really pleased with that, maybe I could have done him a bit quicker, but I’m right happy with that.”
 
“Now people will start standing up and taking notice of me and know that I’m the real thing.  Anyone who knows me knows that I’ll fight anyone, anytime.  
 
“I love boxing and I’m in to prove that I’m the best in the world.  I’ve done two of the top Americans in a row now, the more the merrier.  
 
“I want to defend my title again and then look at unification fights to show just how good I can really be.”
 
For Smith, 27, he became the first of the famous talented brothers to win a world title when he knocked out Thompson inside seven rounds.
 

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‘Beefy’ took the first couple of rounds to solve the slick, fast punching Thompson, but once he started getting his distance in from the third round with his jab and landing his big overhand right the American was on the backfoot.
 
With Thompson starting to tire, Smith’s punches were snapping Thompson’s head back and Smith knew that the end was coming soon and in the sixth it looked like it was going to be stopped as Smith landed some huge shots before the end of the round sounded.
 
In the seventh Smith piled on the pressure and dropped Thompson with a massive right and the New Jersey fighter went down heavy. He tried to rise but then slumped back down again with the referee waving it off.
 
Smith went wild in celebration realising he had achieve his dream of finally becoming world champion.
 
He said, “It’s an unbelievable feeling and it hasn’t sunk in yet, but it means the world to me,” 
 
“It’s the only belt we’re missing in the family and I’m over the moon to be the first to bring it home and hopefully it will be the first of many world titles,”
 
“It took me a couple of rounds to settle in, he started fast and flashy and was moving well, but I knew he couldn’t keep that pace, and when my punches started to rock his head and when I hurt his body, I knew it wasn’t going long,”
 
“I’m now in the elite of the 154 pound division and the other Americans can start calling me out now.  
 
“I’ll fight anyone, the division is packed with names Charlo, Lara, Alvarez, but I’ve arrived now and they can chase me.”
 
Promoter Frank Warren was thrilled with both their performances and is predicting an exciting time ahead.
 
He said, “I thought Terry was phenomenal and for me that was the most outstanding performance by a British fighter in the last two years,”
 
“He absolutely annihilated Magdaleno, who was his mandatory challenger, in such a devastating manner. He lived up to his nickname Turbo and went straight through him,”
 
“I’ve had many great nights with Ricky Hatton at the Manchester Arena and there are going to be many more ahead with Terry, I’m really excited with the future,”
 
“Liam was absolutely sensational and it was a fabulous performance by him to win the world title in such a conclusive fashion by knocking out Thompson,”
 
“He really made the boxing world sit up with that performance and there are some cracking big fights to be made with him,”
 
“Both fights went out live on TV in America and they can’t of failed to have been impressed.  We’ve got two great British World champions in Terry and Liam who are going to go on and achieve more great things.”
 
FULL RESULTS FROM THE MANCHESTER ARENA
 
4 X 3 Minute Rounds Super-Middleweight Contest
DALE COYNE WPTS4 (40-36) LUKE ALLON
 
4 X 3 Minute Middleweight Rounds Contest
JACK FLATTLEY WPTS4 (40-36) LEWIS VAN POETSCH
 
THE VACANT WBO EUROPEAN BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
RYAN BURNETT WTKO2 (1:24) ROBERT KANALAS
 
4 X 3 Minute Rounds International Middleweight Contest
VIJENDER SINGH WTKO3 (2:08) SONNY WHITING
 
THE VACANT WBO EUROPEAN LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
TOM STALKER DPTS10 (97-93 STALKER, 94-96 EVANS 95-95) CRAIG EVANS
 
THE VACANT WBO EUROPEAN SUPER-FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
ADRIAN GONZALEZ WTKO4 (0:55) JOHN KAYS
 
THE COMMONWEALTH SUPER-MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
LUKE BLACKLEDGE WPTS12 (116-113, 115-114, 116-114) LEE MARKHAM
 
THE WBO INTERCONTINENTAL LIGHT-WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
JACK CATTERALL WPTS10 (100-90, 100-90, 100-90) JARKKO PUTONEN
 
THE VACANT WBO WORLD SUPER-WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHJIP
LIAM SMITH WTKO7 (1:44) JOHN THOMPSON
 
THE WBO WORLD LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
TERRY FLANAGAN WTKO2 (2:38)DIEGO MAGDALENO
 
THE VACANT WBO INTERCONTINENTAL SUPER-WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
JIMMY KELLY WPTS10 (99-89, 100-87, 98-89) MARTIN FIDEL RIOS

Terry Flanagan Fired Up Over American Fighters Coming to Britain Territory

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Terry Flanagan and Liam Smith have fired up the Anglo-American rivalry ahead of their world title showdowns with respective challengers Diego Magdaleno and John Thompson at the Manchester Arena on Saturday 10th October. 
 
Manchester ace Flanagan makes the first defence of his WBO World Lightweight title against California hitter Magdaleno, while Liverpool star Smith faces New Jersey banger Thompson with the Vacant WBO World Super-Welterweight title on the line.
 
Flanagan says he has a point to prove after he won the world title from Jose Zepeda in July when the American dislocated his shoulder in the second round and will be looking to do a demolition job on mandatory contender Magdaleno to show the he is the top 135 pounder in the world.
 
“It’s always a big occasion when the Americans fighters come over to Britain and especially when there’s a world title on the line,” Said Flanagan.
 
“There’s that extra heat because the Americans are big, loud and brash and think that they’re the best so it makes you train that extra bit harder to give them a good hiding in the ring,”
 
“I know that Britain has a special relationship with the Americans with very close political, cultural, trade and military links. We stand side by side in any armed conflicts, but on the night that me and Magdaleno fight, hostilities will be ignited and the only trading that will be done is between me and him,”
 
“Once I deal with Magdaleno, there will be no questions about my credentials of being world champion,”
 
“I can’t wait now, I’m only a few days aways from the fight, my training has been perfect and now I’ve got to put everything into action on the night.”
 
Smith is drawing inspiration from Joe Calzaghe’s victory over then unbeaten American Jeff Lacy at the Manchester Arena nearly a decade earlier when he produced what was described as the finest ever performance by a British boxer in a British ring.
 
“This is my big chance to not only win the world title but it is the chance to show the boxing world that I’ve arrived,” Said Smith.
 
“Thompson is a good fighter and I know that he’s coming over here with one thing on his mind and that’s to give me a beating and take the world title back to America,”
 
“Like Terry said, when the American fighters come over it’s a big occasion and it means something.  I remember when Joe Calzaghe fought Jeff Lacy and there was all this hype about Lacy being some sort of unbeatable force and Joe absolutely hammered him.  That’s the kind of performance I’m aspiring to. But however I win doesn’t matter, I’m going to win,”
 
“It makes my hair stand on end thinking about Saturday when I think about making my entrance and getting in the ring.  My adrenalin is flowing now, I can’t wait.”
 
Flangan v Magdaleno and Smith v Thompson headline a stunning night of championship boxing with a further SIX big title fights: Jack Catterall defends his WBO Intercontinental Super-Lightweight title against Jarkko Putkonen; Luke Blackledge defends his Commonwealth Super-Middleweight title against Lee Markham; Tom Stalker and Craig Evans clash for the Vacant WBO European Lightweight Championship; Jimmy Kelly and Martin Fidel Rios collide for the Vacant WBO Intercontinental Super-Welterweight Championship; Adrian Gonzalez and John Kays face off for the Vacant WBO Intercontinental Super-Featherweight Championship; Ryan Burnett and Gagi Edisherashvili square off for the Vacant WBO European Bantamweight Championship.  On the undercard 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist and Indian boxing sensation Vijender Singh makes his professional debut, plus Jack Flatly makes his pro-debut and finally Dale Coyne completes the card.
 
Remaining tickets for World War III, headlined with the WBO World Lightweight Championship Terry Flanagan v Diego Magdaleno and the Vacant WBO World Super-Welterweight Championship Liam Smith v John Thompson, are available from www.frankwarren.com, Manchester Arena on 0844 847 8000 and Eventim on www.eventim.co.uk and 0844 249 1000.
 
The Channel Of Champions, BoxNation, will televise live and exclusive on Sky 437/HD 490, Virgin 546 and Talk Talk 415. Subscribe at www.boxnation.com or watch online at Livesport.tv or via iPhone, iPad or Android. 
 
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Erith Lewis Pettitt Has Commonwealth Title In Sights Then Elite of Super-Bantamweights

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At the age of 25, and with six title fights on his ledger, Erith super-bantam Lewis Pettitt insists he’s finally ready to be unleashed against the division’s big guns.

‘I want big domestic fights. I want to end this season as British and European champion. I understand that British Champion Jazza Dickens is defending against Martin Ward in mid November so hopefully the winner will defend against me early in the New Year.’ Said Pettitt.

Already ranked number four in the world by the WBA, this month the likeable 5ft 4½in crowd favourite from Kent gets an opportunity to add the vacant Commonwealth title to a trophy cabinet that already contains the Southern Area, WBA Inter-Continental and WBO European belts.

He confronts 23 year old Lincoln battler Bobby Jenkinson, the Midland Area featherweight boss, in a supporting contest on the fabulous ‘Man vs Machine’ show at the SSE Arena, Wembley on September 26th. 

‘I’ve done a fair bit of sparring with (current WBA champ) Scott Quigg and Quigg’s trainer assures me I fare better than most so I’m not far off. Other than him, the smallest I spar is super-featherweight Mitchell Smith.

‘If a Quigg fight was offered to me I’d jump at it. Compared with Frampton and Rigondeaux, he’s possibly the easiest of the three world champions. If Scott moves up to featherweight as is rumoured and number two is injured, it could be number three (unbeaten Las Vegas southpaw Jessie Magdaleno) and me boxing for the vacant title sooner than you think.

‘But ideally I’d prefer a couple of really hard domestic level fights first to fully prepare me.’

Jenkinson represents his first home-based opponent for over two years and having thwarted a Slovakian, a Brazilian, an Argentinean, a Georgian and a Croat in the interim, it’s a challenge that Pettitt covets.

‘This match is ideal,’ he insists.

‘My fans love the domestics cos the opponent will also have fans and there’s usually loads of singing and banter. There’s a much better buzz. Ultimately, the belt will give me a chance to fight decent Australians, Canadians and South Africans. Fights with Vusi Malinga or Tshifhiwa Munyai would be wicked.’

Though ‘Bobby Dazzler’ resides closer to home than his recent rivals, it’s been no easier to engage in reconnaissance.

‘So far we’ve not been able to find any video footage of Bobby,’ revealed Lewis.

‘There’s nothing on You Tube. I’m not really concerned but Al always likes a little look.

‘From what contacts have told us he’s definitely not to be underestimated. He’s beaten a few undefeated boys fighting out of the away corner. I’ve heard he’s a decent pressure fighter who throws a lot of shots and never stops coming forward. 

‘But I’ll beat him cos I’m more experienced and because I’m ready to step up and finally get my name into the mix.”

Priced at £40, £50, £75, £100 and £150* tickets are available from www.frankwarren.com, The SSE Arena on 0844 815 0815 and www.axs.com and Eventim on 0844 249 1000 and www.eventim.co.uk

Buglioni v Chudinov headlines ’Man vs. Machine’ with London hotshot Frank Buglioni challenging WBA World Super-Middleweight Champion Fedor Chudinov for his crown.

An action packed card also features top undefeated WBO European Super-Middleweight Champion Jamie Cox making the first defence of his title; Cromer battler Ryan Walsh faces Hull’s Samir Mouneimne with the Vacant British Featherweight Title on the line; all-action Erith talent Lewis Pettitt challenges for the Vacant Commonwealth Super-Bantamweight Championship against Bobby Jenkinson; Penge hero Bradley Skeete defends his WBO European Welterweight crown against Heywood’s Mark Thompson; Ahmet Patterson and Danny Butler clash in an Eliminator for the British Light-Middleweight Championship; plus on the undercard Dublin lightweight Jamie Kavanagh; Canning Town lightweight Romeo Romaeo; Dagenham lightweight Ediz Hussein.

The Channel Of Champions, BoxNation, will televise the show live and exclusive on Sky 437/HD 490, Virgin 546 and Talk Talk 415.  Subscribe at www.boxnation.com  or watch online at Livesport.tv and via iPhone, iPad or Android.

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