Terry Flanagan became WBO Lightweight champion in his home town on Saturday defeating Jose Zepeda at the Velodrome in Manchester.
The Fight and The Future
The 26-year-old didn't get to showcase his skills as the American challenger suffered a dislocated shoulder in the second round.The referee stopped the contest with a TKO victory awarded to Flanagan.
The southpaw is the first Englishman to win world honours in the lightweight division and can now look ahead to domestic title defences.
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Fellow Brits, Derry Matthews and Kevin Mitchell, are both world rated with Anthony Crolla also fighting for the WBA 135Ib strap next Saturday. Luke Campbell and Tommy Coyle meet in August with the winner hoping to move on to a world title shot.
The Mancunian has spent the majority of his career in the shadows of his rivals but can now say he has made history.
The undefeated former British and WBO European boxer was able to achieve what his hero Ricky Hatton did 10 years ago.
The fight not have played out the way he wanted it but Terry Flanagan is now a world champion.
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