Tyson Fury vs Sefer Seferi and Maurice "Mighty Mo" Hooker vs "Turbo" Terry Flanagan

Tyson Fury vs Sefer Seferi and Maurice "Mighty Mo" Hooker vs "Turbo" Terry Flanagan

By Kid Hersh

 

From Manchester Arena first up on the Showtime broadcast was "Turbo" Terry Flanagan (33-0, 13KO's) vs Maurice Hooker (23-0-3, 16KO's).  In the first round, it was mostly a feeler for both guys.  Flanagan was looking to judge the distance and range while Hooker looked like he was being patient and trying to line up big shots. In the second round, Hooker landed a couple of very hard punches that seemed to buzz Flanagan, who slowed down momentarily. Flanagan was not doing much throughout the round as he was looking for a way inside the much taller man.  He had some success late in the round but he did not land very much.  Flanagan had a better third round, as Hooker did not land anything flush, but neither man was really the ring general just yet as they were both still vying for control.  Hooker took control back in the fourth round, landing some big right hands early on in the round (just like in some previous ones) which in turn backed off Flanagan from pressing heavily in the remainder of the round.  In the fifth round, Hooker was still really taking over and landing his power shots flush.  Flanagan was using head heavily and surprisingly not really getting warned too hard for it as the fight was becoming ugly due to the use of his head.  Flanagan got a nasty gash from an accidental head clash in the seventh round, and then promptly stunned Hooker with a right hand, only to have Hooker come back towards the end of the round and slam home his own power shots.  In the eighth round, Hooker was landing the power blows as Flanagan was plodding forward with a mask of blood covering his face.  Hooker was throwing more punches and landing more as Flanagan was desperately trying to hurt Hooker and take control of the bout with his horrible cuts.  In the ninth round, Flanagan was following Hooker around the ring.  Hooker was boxing and moving in the center of the ring, being the ring general as the "boxer" instead of sitting down on his punches like he was for the majority of the fight previously.  Going down the stretch it was fairly close rounds overall, but Hooker seemed to be edging them due to activity and being the ring general.  The cards came in a split decision 115-113 Hooker, 117-111 Flanagan, and 117-111 Hooker. . 

Main event time featuring Tyson Fury (25-0, 18KO's) vs Sefer Seferi (23-1, 21KO's).  The first couple rounds included a lot of clowning.  Fury seemed more interested in fights happening outside the ring than what was happening inside of it.  In the fourth round, Fury was starting to break down Seferi with his heavy hands that he was finally landing as he warmed up and stopped clowning (just a bit anyways).  Just when the fight had actually started - it was over - as Seferi's corner pulled him out of the fight before the fifth round started.  

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