Flanagan vs Petrov

Terry Flanagan Petr Petrov

Flanagan Petrov

Manchester Arena

On air @ 5.30pm

8

Apr

The WBO World Lightweight Title

Undefeated WBO World Lightweight Champion Terry Flanagan defends his belt against Petr Petrov at the Manchester Arena, with a mouth-watering clash between Liam Williams and Liam Smith in support on April 8th.

Also on the show, two-time Olympic Flyweight gold medallist Nicola Adams makes her professional debut after an impeccable amateur career where she won Commonwealth, European and World honours as well as her success at the London and Rio Games.

Flanagan (32-0, 13 KOs) holds the longest current unbeaten run in British boxing and will be making the fifth defence of his crown. Since winning the belt in July 2015, he has convincing wins over Diego Magdaleno and Derry Mathews and destroyed Orlando Cruz in Cardiff in November.

This will be the 27-year-old’s first appearance in his hometown since October 2015, when he blitzed the tough Magdaleno in just two rounds. The southpaw is targeting huge unification bouts at Lightweight this year.

Russian-born Petrov (38-4-2, 19 KOs) fights out of Madrid and his only two defeats since 2007 came to Marcos Maidana and Dejan Zlaticanin. The 33-year-old is the WBO’s second-ranked contender behind Felix Verdejo.

Manchester fans will also witness the mouth-watering Super-Welterweight clash between domestic rivals Williams and Smith, with the WBO Interim Title on the line for Williams.

'The Machine' recently picked up the WBO European Title with a win over Gabor Gorbics in Cardiff. The unbeaten Welshman is ranked at number three with the governing body and is aiming for a World Title shot this year, but first he must overcome a former World Champion who is eager to get back to the top of the division.

Last September Smith put in a brave effort against Saul Alvarez in Texas but was stopped in the ninth round by the powerful Mexican, handing Smith his first defeat and lifting the WBO belt.

This 50/50 match-up has been brewing for a long time and has all the hallmarks to be Fight of the Year.

Elsewhere, Nicola Adams begins her journey to become a World Champion after winning a haul of gold medals for Team GB. The Leeds fighter believes she could be ready to challenge for a World Title as early as next year.

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Smith vs Williams

Liam Smith Liam Williams

Smith Williams

On air @ 5.30pm

The WBO Interim Super-Welterweight Title

Domestic rivals Liam Smith and Liam Williams settle the score at the Manchester Arena, with the WBO Interim Title on the line for the Welshman. The Super-Welterweight sizzler could steal the show!

Williams is unbeaten and hold the British and WBO European Titles, while Beefy is aiming to prove he's still the number one Super-Welter in the country.

Canelo seems likely to vacate his WBO World Title, raising the stakes for his cracking domestic dust-up.

Adams vs Carcamo

Nicola Adams Virginia Noemi Carcamo

Adams Carcamo

On air @ 5.30pm

Pro debut

Team GB's golden girl Nicola Adams makes her much-anticipated pro debut against Argentina’s Virginia Noemi Carcamo.

During what can be considered one of the most successful ever amateur careers for any female or male boxer, Adams secured a clean sweep of amateur titles winning every available accolade.

The hugely popular double Olympic Gold medallist will now embark on the next chapter of her remarkable story under the guidance of Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren, starting with a four round Flyweight contest against Carcamo on Saturday 8th April.

Carcamo, 32, has won four of her seven bouts, losing two and drawing one. Nicknamed ‘La Tigresa’, she has racked up 32 rounds under her belt since making her professional debut against Silvia Moreno in 2015. This will be her first time fighting outside of her homeland.