Terry Flanagan in action with Orlando Cruz Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Couldridge Livepic
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Saturday's bout was Cruz's first as a lightweight after he previously lost a world featherweight title fight against Orlando Salido in Las Vegas in October 2013 .Britain's Flanagan triumphed in Cardiff as he made a fourth successful defense of the crown he first wore in July last year, stopping his rival in the eighth round after controlling the show from the first bell.For Cruz, his loss was his fifth in 31 bouts.The bout was a slow burner before Flanagan found his range after three rounds as Cruz began to flag, taking more and more punches.Flanagan is now reportedly looking to fight the winner of a rematch between another Briton, Anthony Crolla, and Venezuela's Jorge Linares, who ousted Crolla in September to win the WBA lightweight title.
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