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Terry Flanagan stops Orlando Cruz to keep WBO lightweight belt

Terry Flanagan improved his professional record to 32-0 with a successful fourth defense of the WBO lightweight belt.

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Orlando Cruz of Puerto Rico will have to wait to become the first openly gay boxer to win a world title after being stopped in the eighth round by WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan on Saturday.

Flanagan, a British fighter, improved his professional record to 32-0 with a successful fourth defence of the belt by knocking Cruz to the canvas twice in the same round in Cardiff. Referee Steve Gray called a halt to proceedings after a powerful right hand from Flanagan.

This was the 35-year-old Cruz’s 10th bout since declaring his homosexuality in public in 2012, but it was his first in this weight class. His record dropped to 25-5-1.

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First published on: 27-11-2016 at 03:52:46 pm
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