Flanagan, a smooth operating southpaw was making the fifth defense of the world title belt he won back in July of 2015 when his opponent, Jose Zepeda suffered a dislocated shoulder early in the fight. Flanagan put the unsatisfying win behind him in a big way when he returned in October to defend his belt against well regarded Diego Magdaleno. Flanagan, who is not known for his knock out punch, stunned Magdaleno early and put him away in the second round. Flanagan went a workmanlike 3-0 in world title fight sin 2016 and this win over Petrov would appear to line him up at the top of a weight class where big matches potentially await.
Lotierzo Looks Back Flanagan vs Petrov
In this latest TBC report we talk with analyst Frank Lotierzo about Flanagan’s performance against Petrov and where he rates in what is becoming a loaded lightweight division. With IBF champion Robert Easter Jr, WBC titlist Mikey Garcia and WBA kingpin Jorge Linares Flanagan is looking at potential big money fights in the near future.
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