Date: 27th November 2016 at 12:01pm
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Last night, in Cardiff, the Manchester fighter Terry Flanagan successfully defended his WBO lightweight belt.

Matched up against the Puerto Rican fighter Orlando Cruz, Flanagan proved far too good for the challenger who carried the ambition into the ring as becoming the first openly gay boxer to win a world title.

As it turned out Flanagan was to stop the challenger in the 8th round with Orlando Cruz never offering anything during the fight to trouble Flanagan.

After three quiet rounds Flanagan upped the pace in the fourth and started to catch Cruz with the challenger looking as if he realised he wasn?t going to win this bout. The fifth round saw much of the same and before the start of the sixth round Flanagan?s corner pointed out to the referee that Cruz wasn?t throwing any punches back.

That remark seemed to sting Cruz into action, the Puerto Rican was more effective but his brief display of positivity came to an abrupt end in the eighth round when a punch from Flanagan put Cruz on the canvas, forcing the referee to step in and call a halt to proceedings.

Following the fight Flanagan, speaking to the media, remarked,

‘Once I hurt him, he didn’t want to know.

‘I think I’ll have Christmas off and spend it with my family, because I’ve just finished a 15-year camp!’


The win was Flanagan?s fourth defence of the belt he won back in July, as for a next opponent, Flanagan has his eyes on the winner of the rematch between Anthony Crolla and Jorge Linares.