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Terry Flanagan vs. Petr Petrov Will Have U.S. TV, Says Pelullo

By Steve Kim

According to Artie Pelullo, the head of Banner Promotions Petr Petrov, will be getting another crack at a world title in the spring.

Pelullo confirmed promoter Frank Warren's announced on Monday, that WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (32-0, 13 KOs) would be facing Petrov on April 8th in Manchester, England - as part of Warren's new television deal with BT Sport.

"Petr Petrov is fighting on April the 8th for the WBO lightweight championship of the world against Terry Flanagan in Manchester," the veteran promoter told Boxingscene.com.

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Petrov is a hard-nosed grinder who has a record of 38-4-2 (19 KO's) and figures to be a tough out for Flanagan.

"I think that Frank (Warren) wants to make good fights for his network over there and in fighting Petrov... the WBO had ordered that  Petrov would be next in lieu of  (Felix) Verdejo fighting on February the 3rd. So Frank called me and said,'Do you want the fight?' and I said absolutely."

Verdejo is ranked number one by the WBO, but last year was sidelined with a motorcycle accident that kept him sidelined for the latter part of 2016. He has a tune-up bout scheduled next week in Puerto Rico.

Petrov, a Russian who his based in Spain, is the top rated contender in the WBA, and that title is being contested for by Jorge Linares and Anthony Crolla in a March rematch.

This figures to be a solid match-up and Pelullo mentioned - "the fight will be shown in the United States. We have the rights for the fight on American television."

Flanagan was last in action back in November when he battered Orlando Cruz for a TKO win in Wales, while Petrov broke down and stopped Michael Perez last September in California.

Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Randall Cunning on 01-24-2017

Gotta feeling Parker/Fury is going to be added to this card, it being televised in the US makes me even more convinced

Comment by Mick Higgs on 01-24-2017

Flanagan needs to start fighting outside of the UK if he wants any legacy. I'd like to see him fight Robert Easter soon.

Comment by Corelone on 01-23-2017

I'm not complaining. This could be a break out fight. Terry needs a name and Petrov is the goods. Manchester doesn't excite me. Petrov will have to catch him, to KO him, to win.

Comment by LOCOMEX89 on 01-23-2017

Solid fight here. Flanagan is taking a risk fighting Petrov. Petrov will be all over Flanagan and will be a tough out. Flanagan can make a statement by stopping Petrov . 2017 is off to a damn good start.

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