Welcome to Fightful.com's live coverage of Terry Flanagan vs. Petr Petrov for the WBO Lightweight World Championship, live from Manchester, England, in a battle between two of the best lightweight boxers in the world. In the co-main event, Liam Smith and Liam Williams will vie for an interim 154-pound world title and fans will see the professional debut of two-time Olympic gold medalist Nicola Adams.
We'll be bringing you quick recaps of the non-main event and round-by-round coverage of Flanagan vs. Petrov which will be broadcasted on Twitter for those in the United States and on BoxNation in the United Kingdom
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Here's the main card (Twitter in the U.S., BoxNation in the U.K. 5 p.m. ET):
Terry Flanagan (c) defeated Petr Petrov via unanimous decision (116-112, 120-108, 118-110) to retain the WBO Lightweight Championship
Nicola Adams defeated Virginia Noemi Carcamo via unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36, 40-36)
Liam Smith defeated Liam Williams via corner stoppage, after round 9; interim WBO World Super Welterweight Championship remains vacant
Liam Smith vs. Liam Williams: interim WBO World Super Welterweight Championship Bout: Williams dominated throughout most of the entire fight, as Smith had not been able to find a rhythm. Williams eventually cut Smith open and it almost got to the point where he was going to get stopped, but kept marching on.
In the ninth round, Smith and Williams had a clash of heads, which seemed to have cut Smith open and hurt him a little bit. That cut did just enough damage as Williams was not able to continue competing. In between rounds, William's corner stopped the fight to protect him, much to the audience's shock and disapproval. Smith wins even though he was down on the cards. All three judges had Williams up by one round, while most of social media had that fight even more in favor of Williams.
Because Smith missed weight yesterday, the belt still remains vacant even though he won.
Official result: Liam Smith defeated Liam Williams via corner stoppage, after round 9; interim WBO World Super Welterweight Championship remains vacant
Nicola Adams vs. Virginia Noemi Carcamo: Women's Super Flyweight Bout: Not much to say other than this was an impressive and easy debut for Adams. Adams is Britain's first ever two-time boxing Olympic gold medalist. She is one of many Olympic gold medalists to make their pro debuts within the past several months after the 2016 Olympics. Adams shined through as Carcamo was not on the same level as Adams in the four rounds of this contest.
Official result: Nicola Adams defeated Virginia Noemi Carcamo via unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36, 40-36)
Terry Flanagan (c) vs. Petr Petrov: WBO Lightweight World Championship Bout
Round 1: The fight begins with Petrov working the body with the left jab. Flanagan hits Petrov with a short left uppercut to Petrov's chin. Petrov still keeps working the body while Flanagan counters with a right. Petrov connects with an overhead right to Flanagan's head and the champion counters with his back to the ropes.
Fightful scored round 1 for Flanagan 10-9
Round 2: Flanagan unleashes a quick flurry on Petrov and Petrov lunges forward with a right jab that connects. Petrov misses with a left hook. Petrov misses again and slips, but Flanagan does not take advantage of a knockdown opportunity. Petrov then pressures Flanagan into the corner and works the body with a quick flurry. Flanagan connects with a quick right jab. Petrov putting the pressure once more and the round ends with Petrov rocking Flanagan with a left hook.
Fightful scored round 2 for Petrov 10-9
Round 3: Both men clinch at the ropes and then the two exchange shots. Flanagan is more aggressive in this round than the last one. The two boxers clinch a couple more times and Petrov lands a left jab. Petrov lands an overhead right and Flanagan is letting himself get moved into the corner. Both men clinch once more right as the round ends.
Fightful scored round 3 for Petrov 10-9
Round 4: Flanagan landed a quick hook to the side of the head of Petrov. Flanagan hits a flurry of quick punches to Petrov's head as he was in the corner. Flanagan is moving around in the ring and eats a quick jab. Flanagan lands a three-punch combo but doesn't do much damage. Petrov stumbles and nearly trips over himself and Flanagan starts throwing more punches. Petrov connects a jab square on Flanagan' face.
Fightful scored round 4 for Flanagan 10-9
Round 5: Petrov gets up close and starts throwing the left hook starting off the round and the two men clinch again. Petrov lungs forward with a jab and Petrov blocks another jab attempt. The two men get up close but Petrov keeps throwing punches. The referee warns them to stop clinching, but they still do. Petrov corners Flanagan and lands several body shots and has the champion under a lot of pressure.
Fightful scored round 5 for Petrov 10-9
Round 6: Flanagan throws several body shots and then Petrov throws a wild left and falls onto his opponent. Neither man is considered knocked down. Petrov lands a right jab and Flanagan throws a few quick punches and then lands a body shot. Petrov has Flanagan on the ropes and lands a left hook to Flanagan's body. Petrov again with the right jab.
Fightful scored round 6 for Flanagan 10-9
Round 7: Flanagan throws a couple of quick hooks. Petrov is starting to apply a little more pressure. Flanagan throws a 1-2 combo and the two men clinch. Petrov throws numerous body hooks to Flanagan. The two men clinch again. Both men exchange a few more shots as the round ends.
Fightful scored round 7 for Flanagan 10-9
Round 8: Flanagan starts the round off well, landing a couple of hooks to Petrov's head. Flanagan lands an uppercut to Petrov's body. The two men clinch and after the clinch, Petrov gets some momentum by landing a left hook. Petrov keeps working the body, but Flanagan also lands a few punches on the inside and then creates some distance, where he has been comfortable all night. He accidentally hits Petrov behind in the head and the referee warns him that if does it once more, then a point will be deducted.
Fightful scored round 8 for Petrov 10-9
Round 9: Flanagan lands a couple of quick jabs and Petrov lands a clean lef hook to the champ's face. Petrov keeps landing body shots, but Flanagan connects with a right. Both men trade clean hits on each other's faces. Petrov has Flanagan on the ropes, where he keeps throwing punches to the body.
Fightful scored round 9 for Petrov 10-9
Round 10: The round starts with the two men clinching and Flanagan pushing Petrov into the ropes. Petrov keeps being aggressive and throw body shots and Flanagan fights back. Flanagan connects with a left to Petrov's face. Petrov now lands a right jab. Petrov is now ending the round a bit more sluggish.
Fightful scored round 10 for Flanagan 10-9
Round 11: Flanagan is starting to box a lot better now. Flanagan lands a left hand, but Petrov had been acting a lot slower as Flanagan is able to weave his way out of Petrov's offense. Petrov's cut after a potential clash of heads. Petrov is wildly swinging punches and constantly moving forward. Petrov connects with a right hook. The two men fight up close as the fight enters its final round.
Fightful scored round 11 for Flanagan 10-9
Round 12: Flanagan finds the left jab on mark as Petrov throws a couple of quick right jabs. The two men clinch again and Flanagan remains active, landing a 1-2 on Petrov's face. Petrov lands a couple of left uppercuts. Flanagan is moving around the canvas as Petrov is trying to find a rhythm. Flanagan is moving around, throwing a punch or two, and then moves out of the way before Petrov starts to fight up close. Both men exchange punches as the fight ends.
Fightful scored round 12 for Flanagan 10-9, making it 115-113 for Flanagan
Official result: Terry Flanagan (c) defeated Petr Petrov via unanimous decision (116-112, 120-108, 118-110) to retain the WBO Lightweight Championship
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