Hooker becomes the fourth American to win a World Title on British soil

Hooker becomes the fourth American to win a World Title on British soil

On the night Tyson Fury (26-0, 19KOs) made a winning return back the ring Terry Flanagan (33-1, 13KOs) lost to American Maurice Hooker (24-0-3, 16KOs) to take the vacant WBO super-lightweight title at the Manchester Arena.

This was the fourth time an American has won a world title on British soil in the last 18-months after he emulated compatriots Gervonta Davis, Errol Spence Jr and Caleb Truax.

The 28-year-old Hooker from Dallas, Texas stayed on the back foot for the first half of the fight using his extra 9-inch leavers to keep Flanagan at distance.

When the Mancunian was on the balls of his feet and ducking under the jab to work the body he was causing his opponent problems. Unfortunately too many times he was getting caught regularly on the way out.

In the seventh Flanagan was able to get close enough to land a big left hand as Hooker neglected is jab. But after two head collisions the Englishman came out worse with a cut above his right his eye and forehead.

Not too be disgruntled from the cuts Flanagan continued to be the aggressor but staying flat footed only made it easier for the American to find the target.

Some rounds were hard to call so both fighters would have known deep down that the last two could be vital to the outcome of the fight.

In my opinion it was Hooker that got the better of the exchanges in the last two rounds which got him the victory. The split decision was not a surprise but the variation of the scorecards were. One judge had it 117-111 to Flanagan and the other two 115-113 and 111-117 to Hooker. No mater how wide two of the scorecards were the outcome was the right one.

Fury return 

Tyson Fury made his long awaited return after almost three years away from the ring against Sefer Seferi.

The self proclaimed ‘Gypsy King’ spent the first round clowning around with not much else after until a fight broke out ringside amongst the crowd.

When Fury did decide to up the tempo in the fourth his Albanian opponent opted out and retired in his corner before the start of the fifth.

Fury will return on August 18 hopefully against a proper opponent at least then we will be able to assess where he is at then.

Massive boxing and English football fan from South East London, England

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