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Summary

  1. Flanagan beats Spain's Petrov with a unanimous points decision
  2. Adams beats Carcamo on debut - winning 40-36 in 4 x 2 minute rounds
  3. Liam Smith beats Liam Williams with 9th round stoppage
  4. Williams' corner stop fight following bad cut to eye
  5. Welshman was ahead on scorecards; Smith was also badly cut
  6. Wins for Catterall & Dubois on undercard

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By Alex Bysouth and Matt Davis

All times stated are UK

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And that's that from us on a night Terry Flanagan defended his WBO world lightweight title and Great Britain's golden girl Nicola Adams made a successful start to her professional career.

We'll catch you next time...

'I want to make Linares fight'

Flanagan beats Petrov

So what next for a man who's gone 33 fights unbeaten and has just defended his WBO world lightweight title for a fifth time?

Promoter Frank Warren suggests a fight with Jorge Linares is an option, while two-weight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko is another.

"We want to make the fights," Warren told BT Sport. "There are a couple of big fights out there to be made. 

"Linares? We saw what he did to Anthony Crolla. Lomachenko? They are tough fights.

"I think they can be done. Linares is the one I would like to try and make. They are both super fighters. He (Flanagan) can raise his game."

'I'm boxing within myself'

Flanagan beats Petrov

Here's what Terry Flanagan had to say after defending his title:

"It was a tough fight, I knew I was in for a tough one, he's very durable," Flanagan told BT Sport.

"I was a bit cagey in parts and didn't want to do anything silly, I thought 'just win the fight'.

"I'm boxing within myself a bit, I should have let go and forced a stoppage. I'm happy with the win."

Flanagan wins by unanimous decision

Nate Williams

BBC Sport

It was scrappy at times but it was boxing at close quarters expertly played by Flanagan. 

You only have to look at Petrov's face to see who got the better of the exchanges. 

In fairness to Petrov, at 34, he gave as good as he got but in such small efforts that Flanagan was never in doubt of getting his hand raised. 

Flanagan beats Petrov by unanimous decision

The judges tally up the cards. What's the verdict?

Yes, the WBO world lightweight title is staying in Manchester...

...it's Terry Flanagan's, he successfully defends his crown for a fifth time. And that extends his unbeaten record to 33 fights.

Terry Flanagan
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Flanagan v Petrov

Terry Flanagan salutes the Manchester crowd, he thinks he's got this one..

Round 12

Flanagan v Petrov

Petr Petrov knows he needs to force this round.

If anything, that's given Terry Flanagan more opportunities to box they way he's wanted to all night.

He shifts his weight onto his left foot and comes down on Petrov with a left-handed hook.

The Spanish-based fighter has been relentless tonight, he's still coming, but it's Flanagan who's been the classier, technically superior fighter.

Round 12

Flanagan v Petrov

Into the final round now. Petr Petrov knows he needs a knockout if he's going to win this one.

Terry Flanagan looks to have done enough to defend his title. He catches Petrov with a cracking one-two, before dipping out.

Terry Flanagan
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Round 11

Flanagan v Petrov

Well there's blood pouring down the face of Petr Petov now. But he keeps coming forward.

Terry Flanagan looks to find his range, he pushes Petrov away with both gloves, but he cuts a frustrated figure. 

Round 11

Flanagan v Petrov

Come on then, Terry.

Time to show your champion's card.

It's not been a classic from the Manchester fighter, but he should come through this one with another title defence.

Petr Petrov is awkward. But he's cut! Was that Flanagan first or his head?

Round 10

Flanagan v Petrov

Petr Petrov steps forward, but straight onto a well-placed shot from Terry Flanagan.

The home fighter then throws a lightning quick right-left combo and follows up with a body shot deep into the gut of his opponent.

Petrov goes with his left in response - a few bigger punches being thrown now as both fighters sense the bell.

Terry Flanagan
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Round 10

Flanagan v Petrov

Terry Flanagan won't have underestimated his opponent, but he might not have expected it to be quite as tight at this stage.

He throws a right, which Petr Petrov ducks, and finally the Manchester crowd is coming to life.

Round Nine

Flanagan v Petrov

Into the ninth then. 

Terry Flanagan looks the more energetic, the 27-year-old remaining pretty fleet-footed throughout.

Petr Petrov has managed to slip a couple through, though. He's tricky. 

Flanagan sends in a stinging left towards the chest of his opponent and then looks to counter with his right.

A wild left sees the challenger duck out of the way but Flanagan goes on the offensive in the final few seconds.

Terry Flanagan
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Round Eight

Flanagan v Petrov

Terry Flanagan is controlling the tempo, he's got the measure of Petr Petrov now and is landing body shots.

But he's getting a warning for not stopping when the referee told him to. Another one and he'll have a point chalked off...

Round Eight

Flanagan v Petrov

"Get your breather.." Flanagan is told by his corner. "Stay in your rhythm."

Round eight gets under way with the home fighter looking the more composed, the experienced Petrov may be starting to tire slightly.

Flanagan is bouncing around, trying to draw a mistake out of his opponent.

Terry Flanagan
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Round Seven

Flanagan v Petrov

Terry Flanagan has to ride a succession of Petr Petrov body shots and he looks a bit frustrated as the referee pulls them apart.

I think Petrov took a warning for his coming in with his head there. Can Flanagan spring into life in these closing moments?

He's using the jab and keeping a comfortable length, but it's a tad scrappy.

Terry Flanagan
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Round Seven

Flanagan v Petrov

Petr Petrov might not be up on the judges' cards, but he's done a good job of silencing the Manchester crowd.

I reckon they're a little nervous for the home fighter, perhaps they sense he's yet to have it all his own way in this one.

Round Six

Flanagan v Petrov

Terry Flanagan looks to slip one through from below with another big left, but Petr Petrov is equal to that.

He tries again, and that one is more successful. Petrov goes low, which gives Flanagan the chance to pick his spot and he doesn't need a second invitation.

He's yet to leave a real marker on the challenger, but that should be enough for the round.

Terry Flanagan
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Round Six

Flanagan v Petrov

Terry Flanagan winds up a left early in the sixth and Petr Petrov winces slightly as he takes the full force of that one.

There's a tumble, and both fighters are down. Nothing really landed there, just a maze of feet.

Terry Flanagan
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Round Five

Flanagan v Petrov

There's a flurry of red flying in the direction of Terry Flanagan but I don't think any of Petr Petrov's jabs made it through the Manchester man's defence.

The Spanish-based fighter goes low for the body instead and catches Flanagan in the ribs with a thud.

He's not moved.

Terry Flanagan
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Round Five

Flanagan v Petrov

Right then, Petr Petrov tries to get up close to Terry Flanagan but the British fighter is able to maintain a good distance.

He's got the longer reach and, most likely, the rounds in the bag so far. 

You feel like this one is still waiting to come to life...

Terry Flanagan
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Round Four

Flanagan v Petrov

I think Terry Flanagan senses he has to pick up the pace. A long right-handed reacher from Petr Petrov can't quite connect and Flanagan looks to counter.

He fires in a rapid right-hand jab and then sends Petrov tumbling, but the diminutive challenger regains his feet.

A strong finish from the defending champion.

Terry Flanagan
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Round Four

Flanagan v Petrov

This Manchester Arena crowd is yet to really find its voice.

Terry Flanagan comes out with a little bit more urgency than in the first few rounds, but it's a good exchange from Petr Petrov that catches the eye.

Petr Petrov
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Round Three

Flanagan v Petrov

Right, can Terry Flanagan up this a little? He's taken the first two rounds but the crowd want more.

He lets Petr Petrov come onto him, but is just waiting for a loose one from the challenger. Not too much in that one, but I'm sure Flanagan will be the happier.

Terry Flanagan
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Round Three

Flanagan v Petrov

Petr Petrov just doesn't stop moving. It's like he's got an itch, bouncing around, hustling and hands twitching.

He's a ball of pent up energy, while Terry Flanagan looks more relaxed.

He dips away from a Petrov charge but the pair then end up grappling and the challenger gets a warning for a cheap shot.

Petr Petrov
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Round Two

Flanagan v Petrov

Petr Petrov flicks a left glove towards Terry Flanagan but the Manchester man is equal to that and brings a roar from the home crowd as he catches the challenger.

But Petrov isn't fazed, he charges in again and a right hand rocks the home fighter. Better from the Spanish-based boxer towards the end of that round.

Round Two

Flanagan v Petrov

There's the bell for round two, and it's Terry Flanagan who makes the first move this time.

Flanagan has the height advantage over Petr Petrov, the contender's baggy red shorts dropping below his knees to make him look even more squat.

Petrov launches in with a left, but Flanagan saw that one coming a long way off.

Terry Flanagan
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Round One

Flanagan v Petrov

Terry Flanagan scores with a right and then throws a lovely little left-right combo, catching Petr Petrov low.

The challenger decides it's time to stride forward but Flanagan counters smartly. He's quick on the jab as Petrov looks to struggle to find his footing slightly. 

Round One

Flanagan v Petrov

Petr Petrov is twitching, looking for a gap in Terry Flanagan's defence, but the Manchester man seems composed and comfortable enough to take his time.

They're trying to size each other up at the minute. Not wishing to commit.

Terry Flanagan
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Flanagan v Petrov

Ding, ding, ding...

And we're off.

Flanagan v Petrov

Petr Petrov is fighting out of the red corner, Terry Flanagan is in the blue corner... of course.

The reigning, defending unbeaten WBO lightweight champion of the world wouldn't have it any other way.

Terry Flanagan
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Here comes 'Turbo' Terry

Flanagan v Petrov

"From Manchesteeeeer, England..."

That's got the crowd going. Although I reckon they'll be split by his choice of song, it's Manchester City anthem Blue Moon.

He's looking like a lean, mean.... title-defending machine?

Let's find out...

Terry Flanagan
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Petrov's ring walk

Flanagan v Petrov

Here comes the challenger. It's Petr 'the Machine' Petrov. 

The experienced Russian-born Spanish fighter bounds towards the ring, white cap, black t-shirt, red shorts.

He's here to spoil the party.

'People will start noticing Flanagan'

Flanagan v Petrov

Nate Williams

BBC Sport

What does Hughie Fury make of tonight's showpiece event?

"Terry Flanagan is very talented – he’s 32-0 for that reason," he said. "He’s not very well known at the minute but people will start to notice him soon if he keeps winning."

The weigh-in

Flanagan v Petrov

Flanagan
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There's hardly anything in this one.

Terry Flanagan is minimally lighter at 9st 8lbs 9oz to Petr Petrov's 9st 8lbs 10oz.

Manchester's own, up next...

Flanagan v Petrov

Right then.

Next up, it's Manchester's own Terry Flanagan. That's who the crowd at Manchester Arena have paid the big bucks to see.

The 27-year-old Manchester City fan is looking to defend his WBO world lightweight title for a fifth time. 

He faces Petr Petrov. 

Terry Flanagan and Petr Petrov
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Williams to see plastic surgeon

Smith beats Williams

Michael Pearlman

BBC Wales Sport at Manchester Arena

Liam Williams has suffered a severe double laceration to his right eyelid and is on route to see a plastic surgeon.

Right, before we get to the main event tonight there's a little bit of news from the earlier fight between Liam Smith and Liam Williams to bring you...

Smith won that one by TKO after Williams' trainer Gary Lockett pulled him out due to a cut on the Welshman's eye.

Title fight for Adams on the horizon?

Adams beats Carcamo

Here's Nicola Adams' promoter Frank Warren: 

"We're going again on the 13 May in Leeds, a homecoming. That will be her first fight there since she was 13 - it will be a special night and part of the process.

"After a couple of fights we will look at whether we should be going for a title."

'I'm learning everything'

Adams beats Carcamo

More from Nicola Adams after her debut victory: "I'm learning everything from (trainer) Virgil Hunter.

"He knows how to take an Olympic champion and take them to a world champion, he has so much experience." 

Nicola Adams
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