So the fight that’s been talked about on social media for a little while Anthony Crolla vs Ricky Burns has been announced!
This is a great fight for the UK and for both fighters, a chance for both men to propel themselves straight back into world title contention.
Crolla is coming into the fight off the back of two straight defeats and 24 gruelling rounds against unified champion Jorge Linares. He has overcome so much adversity in his career that the defeats to the talented Venezuelan have not taken away his ambition to once again become a world champion.
Crolla, who faces Burns at the Manchester Arena on 7 October, told BBC Scotland:
I can’t wait for the fight.
There will be a great travelling support from Scotland and I’ll be in front of my beloved Manchester crowd.
I’ve got a lot of respect for Ricky as a fighter and a person. I’ll have to be at my best to beat him.
His opponent Scotland’s first and only three weight world champion Ricky Burns is also coming of the back of a loss to after submitting his Super Lightweight crown to the largely unknown Julius Indongo. For Burns he is moving back down to Lightweight to challenge Crolla, and this must be one of the last opportunities he will get to put himself back in to the world title picture.
For Burns, he is moving back down to Lightweight to challenge Corolla, and this must be one of the last opportunities he will get to put himself back into the world title picture.
Burns said: “When I held world titles at super-featherweight and lightweight, Crolla’s name was always mentioned but it never happened.
When I held world titles at super-featherweight and lightweight, Crolla’s name was always mentioned but it never happened.
He’s a great guy and a great fighter, I don’t think you’ll get much trash talk in the build-up. The best man will win on the night.
Outside the ring both Crolla and Burns are very humble and very well liked within the boxing community, which makes this fight a harder one to watch, and for both men this is a battle of pride, a battle of nations, and possibly one last chance for a crack at a version of the Lightweight world title