Terry Flanagan to defend against Orlando Cruz on November 26

27/10/2016 18:29

WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (31-0, 12 KOs) will fight Puerto Rican challenger Orlando Cruz (25-4-1, 13 KOs) on November 26 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales.

The 27-year-old Manchester fighter is coming off a unanimous points win over South African Mzonke Fana in July, also in Cardiff, and he will defend his world title for the fourth time on the undercard of Billy Joe Saunders' WBO middleweight title defence against Artur Akavov.

Cruz, 35, who was stopped by Orlando Salido in seven rounds when they fought for the WBO featherweight title in 2013, is stepping up from super featherweight and will get a second attempt at becoming the first openly-gay world champion.

Flanagan said: "Last time I fought in Cardiff, I wasn't happy with how I boxed, so it will be good to show the Welsh fans that I'm a lot better than I showed against Fana.

"I know I'm the best lightweight in the division, and I'm looking to get these big fights to prove it.

"I do what I need to get the win, but if I feel the stoppage is there, I'll go for it. Cruz is a strong fighter and very dangerous and more than capable of causing an upset.

"I'm out to prove a point and show everyone that I'm world-class. (Jorge) Linares is seen as number one in the division after beating (Anthony) Crolla, and it would be good to get that fight and do something that Crolla couldn't do to prove I'm the best around."