Flanagan stops Kariuki
Australian light heavyweight Mark Flanagan (11-3, 6 KOs) stopped former world rated Kariz Kariuki (25-11-2, 19 KOs) in round eleven to capture the vacant WBO Oriental title at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, Australia Friday. Flanagan dropped Kariuki in round ten and referee Paul Tapley crowned the Queensland 175 pounder the new WBO Oriental champion at :29 of round eleven. Kariuki was born in Kenya but based in Australia since 2000. He has suffered losses to Daniel Geale, Garth Wood and Edison Miranda but scored a win over former WBA middleweight challenger Randy Griffin in 2010. Flanagan lost to Ben McCulloch and Manny Vlamis in 2011.