Results: Terry Flanagan decisions Petr Petrov on Twitter
Terry Flanagan successfully defended his WBO lightweight title a fifth time with a unanimous decision win over Petr Petrov Saturday night in Manchester, England.
Fighting in front of a home crowd at the Manchester Arena, Flanagan, 27, used a counter left hand to ward off a lunging Petrov early in the fight. The southpaw also utilized a jab to keep a safe distance but Petrov never minded it, and his overhand rights eventually found Flanagan’s head in the waning moments of the second round, in which one stunned Flanagan into a retreat. At the end of the fourth, Flanagan managed to send Petrov into a stumble with a left hand but the fight had already lacked rhythm.
As Petrov’s charging continued, Flanagan’s jab disappeared and the fight quickly turned into two guys ending short exchanges with redundant hugs. Flanagan was the grasped the smaller Petrov and would later garner a stern warning from referee Marcus McDonnell in the eighth round for the left hand that consistently cuffed the back of his opponent’s head. Between the listless moments, however, Petrov sneaked in a lead right hand and Flanagan’s accuracy struggled in the middle rounds, making what seemed to be a close fight.
Petrov, 34, managed to lure Flanagan into some toe-to-toe exchanges and, at the end of the fifth round, landed a notable combination to the body. However by the eighth, Flanagan’s accuracy started to improve, thanks to his jab and footwork. Petrov’s aggression began to fade, as Flanagan’s right jab was in his face more often and, with Flanagan’s lateral movement, the fight started to get into a rhythm that wasn’t in Petrov’s favor.
In the 11th, Petrov, 38-5-2 (19), suffered a brutal gash, from an accidental headbutt, and it generously bled into his right eye. Although the cut couldn’t have been in a worse spot, the Russian took it well, and fought the rest of the round on a higher note than Flanagan. It was a harbinger of disappointment for the visiting fighter, whose hard-nosed effort provided plenty of head-scratching rounds to score. That said, although Petrov couldn’t provide a dramatic shift in momentum, after 12 rounds, the final scorecards showed he was fighting in a tough spot.
116-112, 120-108 and 118-110 were the scores given by the judges ringside and, while Flanagan, 33-0 (13), certainly did enough to earn a victory, Petrov’s effort wasn’t even shown on two of the cards but it was conveyed through many onlookers in a somewhat historic fight.
Flangan-Petrov was part of the second event to ever be streamed live on Twitter, the first being the tripleheader headlined by Adrien Broner vs. Adrian Granados on Feb. 18. Thanks to Banner Promotions – Petrov’s promoter – this fight provided a peek into a potential future in which boxing fans can consume the product. Although the fight started way late of schedule, the convenient stream worked fine, an accomplishment that shouldn’t go unnoticed.