Terry Flanagan stops Orlando Cruz to retain WBO world lightweight title
By Dev Trehan
Last Updated: 26/11/16 11:40pm
Terry Flanagan retained his WBO world lightweight title with an eighth-round stoppage win over Orlando Cruz at the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena.
Mancunian Flanagan - making the fourth defence of the title he won last summer - was in complete control from the outset as he asserted his authority in the first half of the fight.
Cruz became increasingly deflated as the contest wore on and the referee brought the fight to a halt after the Puerto Rican was floored twice by Flanagan in the eighth round.
Kid Galahad was in action on the undercard and the Sheffield fighter extended his perfect record to 21 wins with a third-round stoppage win over Reynaldo Mora.
Galahad dominated the contest and sent Spain-based fighter Mora crashing to the canvas in the third round with a vicious left hook to the body.
Mora tried in vain to continue but the Nicaraguan lightweight was floored by another crunching body shot prompting the referee to bring the fight to an early conclusion.
Also in action was Birmingham's Tommy Langford who became the new British middleweight champion after outpointing Sam Sheedy.
Langford claimed a split-decision victory, with two of the ringside judges awarding him the fight by a 117-113 margin. The other judge had Yorkshireman Sheedy up 115-113.
Liverpool's Thomas Stalker - captain of the Team GB boxing team at the London 2012 Olympics - suffered the second loss of his career after he was outpointed by Welshman Craig Evans. The pair had fought twice before in the paid ranks, drawing on both occasions but Evans came out on top after claiming split decision to become the new WBO European lightweight champion.