Flanagan Crowned King After Zepeda Dislocates Shoulder

Manchester hero Terry Flanagan became WBO World Lightweight Champion after American star Jose Zepeda’s suffered a shock dislocated shoulder in the second round tonight at the Manchester Velodrome.

Flanagan is now the first ever English boxer in history to win a world title in the lightweight division and Manchester’s first world champion since Ricky Hatton.

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Terry Flanagan: ‘ The Better The Opponent, The Better I’ll Be ‘ – Flanagan v Zepeda

He’s perhaps not the most “media friendly” fighter, but Manchester’s undefeated lightweight Terry Flanagan, who fights American puncher Jose Zepeda on Saturday night in Manchester, prefers to do his talking in the ring, and ahead of his challenge for the vacant WBO lightweight strap, took some time out to speak to iFLtv about the contest, insisting whatever the Californian fighter brings to the table, it simply won’t be good enough.

“I was surprised really, I thought he’d be a lot bigger” said ‘Turbo’ after coming face to face with his opponent for the first time at today’s final presser.

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Jose Zepeda: ‘If The KO Comes, It Comes’ / Flanagan vs Zepeda

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Big punching American knock-out artist Jose Zepeda comes to Manchester on Saturday night in an attempt to win the vacant WBO lightweight strap when he fights hometown hero Terry Flanagan – who will be seeking to emulate fellow Mancunian Ricky Hatton’s historic world title win against Kostya Tzsyu in the City, almost exactly 10 years to the day.

It’s sure to be a bear-pit atmosphere for the undefeated American, who boasts 20 KO wins in 23 contests, yet ahead of the fight, he spoke to iFLtv to insist he is more than ready to step up to the plate, and believes it will be he, and not Flanagan, who walks out with the title.

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Hatton Backing Flanagan To Win World Title Against Zepeda

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In 9 days time, “Turbo” Terry Flanagan will square off against big punching American knockout artist Jose Zepeda in Manchester for the WBO 135 lb title, live on Boxnation in the UK.

Scots Ken Buchanan, Jim Watt and Ricky Burns have held versions of the world 135 lb title, yet should Flanagan prevail he will become the first English fighter to do so.

Terry – who hails from Ancoats – is being backed by former world champion and fellow Mancunian Ricky Hatton, who is confident he can do the business in front of his hometown fans on July 11th.

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Hatton: Terry Flanagan beats Jose Zepeda

Manchester’s original Hitman Ricky Hatton says Terry Flanagan will be crowned the new Hitman if he takes down KO king Jose Zepeda on Saturday 11th July at the Manchester Velodrome.

The British boxing legend is backing Flanagan to emerge victorious in his showdown with the American in the tenth anniversary year of his own sensational victory against then pound-for-pound best Kostya Tszyu.

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Terry Flanagan Aims For History

Manchester star Terry Flanagan knows that the pressure is on for him to win the WBO World Lightweight title in his home city, but believes he can overcome knockout master Jose Zepeda to make boxing history.

Undefeated Flanagan gets his dream shot on Saturday 11th July in his backyard at the Manchester Velodrome (National Cycling Centre) as he aims to become the first English boxer in history to win a world title at 135lbs.

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Terry Flanagan aims to be crowned WBO World Lightweight Champion in front of his home fans


Manchester ace fights for world title against KO king Zepeda on year of 10th Anniversary of Hatton-Tszyu

Terry Flanagan aims to be crowned WBO World Lightweight Champion in front of his home fans when he faces American KO king Jose Zepeda on Saturday 11th July at the Velodrome (The National Cycling Centre) in Manchester.

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