Terry Flanagan defends WBO lightweight title with second round knockout
Last Updated: 11/10/15 8:26am
Terry Flanagan defended his WBO lightweight title with a two-round demolition of Diego Magdaleno at the Manchester Arena.
Flanagan knocked the American down three times in less than six minutes in the ring, referee Terry O'Connor stepping in to stop the fight not long after Magdaleno bravely climbed off the canvas for the third time.
The 26-year-old (29-0 KO12) claimed the belt in July when Jose Zepeda had to retire with a dislocated shoulder after two rounds, but the circumstances of his Saturday night success were far more impressive.
Flanagan opened the second round by knocking Magdeleno down for the first time and a left put the American (28-2 KO12) down for a second time.
Magdaleno went down again after a flurry of Flanagan punches and although, to his credit, he clambered to his feet again, O'Connor stepped in after Flanagan pinned Magdaleno to the ropes and threatened a fourth knockdown.
"Some people might think I'm not the best British fighter in the lightweight division, but I'm the one with the belt," Flanagan said. "I've proved I'm a true world champion.
"After his first knockdown I didn't go down too daft but after I caught him with another few shots I knew he was there for a taking."