Terry Flanagan retained the title that Stephen Ormond has his sights, winning the battle of the former ‘Rock’ foes in Liverpool on Saturday night.
The Mancunian, who beat the Clondalkin puncher in a World title eliminator, out pointed Derry Matthews 117-110, 117-110, 115-112 to make a second successful defence of his WBO lightweight World title at the Echo Arena.
Flanagan had the better of the early rounds although he was warned on occasion for pushing his foe off.
MGM puncher Matthews enjoyed some of the middle rounds, before Flanagan regained the imitative to open up a strong enough lead to ensure he just had to avoid a knock out late on to have his hand raised.
Speaking before Saturday’s clash Dublin lightweight Ormond backed Flanagan to win and also stated a desire to rematch with the Manchester City fan.
Flanagan has always said he would rematch the fighter, who was disqualified fighting him on Valentines Day of 2015, but the return hasn’t been muted his promoters and a possible unification bout with Crolla seems to be the desired fight.