Turbo is on the road to a world title fight after a DQ win over Ormond
Terry Flanagan became WBO European Lightweight champion on Saturday after the reigning title-holder Stephen Ormond was disqualified for unruly head clashes in round 10.
The Mancunian gladiator also left Wolverhampton as a mandatory contender for the winner of Juan Diaz v Takahiro Ao's eliminator for the WBO World Lightweight Championship. The Man City fan's own barmy army filled the arena with "There's only one Terry Turbo" as the southpaw endured a tough ten rounds against Ormond. But Dubliner Ormond eventually let his frustration get the better of him and fouled repeatedly.
Flanagan, who struggled to make the weight, was fast and used his reach and boxing skills against The Rock. Ormond clearly wanted to trade and land tough shots but couldn't do the damage. In the ninth he lost a point for using his head and then warned twice more. Finally the Irishman clashed with Flanagan's head again in the tenth round and the referee stopped the fight.
Ormond said he apologised to the new European champion and Flanagan has already wavered the fouling as being in the "heat of the moment."
Terry Flanagan now has an undefeated record of 27-0 and will represent the UK at world title level. Terence Crawford is the current WBO World Lightweight Champion, but he is expected to vacate the belt soon in order to enter the light-welterweight division for bigger-money fights.
Turbo Terry will need to wait patiently for an opponent. Meanwhile, number one WBO-ranked American Juan Diaz needs to fight Japanese number two-ranked Takahiro Ao in an eliminator of their own for the soon-to-be vacant world title.
Tommy Langford knocks out Wayne Reed for twelfth consecutive win
Increasingly-impressive middleweight Tommy Langford dropped Sheffield's Wayne Reed twice in the fourth round before stopping him in the fifth. The rising domestic prospect was ruthless in his pursuit of the knockout after Reed rose twice by the count of eight following the first two knock-downs. The dangerous Devon-boy should now expect a title fight this year.
He said; "it was an exciting fight and a great finish. Although I did get caught in there a bit and that doesn't usually happen to me. I showed some good skills and plenty of heart. I was especially pleased with my body punching and mixing up with head shots.
"He was a very tough and game kid and I'm very happy with the performance, but there is still plenty to work on."
Craig Evans beats Jackec Wylezol despite injury
Craig Evans bravely fought through an injured left hand against Polish Jackec Wylezol by using his jab and boxing smarts. The Welsh talent now stands undefeated in 14 fights.
Evans said, "I felt my left hand go around the second or third round and knew I had to use my skills for the rest of the fight to make sure I came away with the win."
Joe Costello scores impressive round 1 TKO
Exciting prospect Joe Costello beat Hungary's Sandor Horvath in one round with a blistering TKO after using left and right hooks to force a pair of eight-count knock-downs. The talented 21-year-old's next fight will last eight rounds and could include a title shot.
He said, "I felt sharp in there, I took my time believe it or not. That's three stoppages in four fights now, two in the first round. I know that I've got the power to take them out. People say I should be getting the rounds in, but I say why should I? I know I can whack and it's more exciting!
"I'm looking at moving up to eight rounds next and then it could be a title fight. I love this sport and I'm in it for the glory."
Jamie Cox crushes Alistair Warren in one round
Jamie Cox blasted Alistair Warren out of the fight in one round - two rounds quicker than middleweight predator Chris Eubank Jr. The 18(10)-0 Swindon southpaw dropped Warren with an overhand right for a count of eight. Then Cox used mixed shots to the head and body and used a left hook to send Warren sailing to the canvas.
Afterwards Cox said, "it's great to be back in action. I said what I was going to do and I delivered. I've got a lot of respect for Warren, he's a tough kid who took Eubank Jr three rounds, but I'm 28 now and I'm not holding back on my career. You're going to see the same from me from now on. I'm not calling out the top boys at the weight yet, but I'm coming up behind them, fast."