What next for Anthony Crolla after Ricky Burns win?

After securing a unanimous decision victory over Ricky Burns in Manchester in his last fight, there are a host of options ahead for former WBA lightweight world titleholder Anthony Crolla.

The Scottish challenger and three-weight world titlist appealed for a rematch due to the closeness of the initial encounter, but Crolla is likely to opt for a different path in the coming months given the stage of his career.

There are plenty of superb upcoming bouts on the horizon still in 2017, including the big one between Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux in December. In this first-ever battle between the multiple-time Olympic Gold medallists, it’s Ukrainian Lomachenko who will enter as the 1/6 favourite in the latest boxing odds.

As well as this, David Haye takes on Tony Bellew once again, while Crolla will likely have to wait until the New Year for his next career outing. But who will it be against? Here are some potential options for the Mancunian. 

Luke Campbell

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2012 Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell endured an emotional outing last time out, as he was outpointed by classy Venezuelan Jorge Linares to suffer only his second professional defeat.

The Yorkshireman had to deal with the death of his father during his training camp for the fight, as he sadly passed away only two weeks before Campbell took to the ring.

Hull’s talented fighter has called for a sensational rematch with the South American, but a lightweight title eliminator meeting with Crolla would be an attractive bout for both men in their pursuit of honours. 

Ricky Burns rematch

There weren’t many complaints when the scores were read aloud at the Manchester Arena, with Crolla getting the nod from the judges on home soil. Burns thought he had done enough, but a close clash was always likely to go in favour of the home fighter in this instance.

There are many more intriguing bouts now on the horizon for the victor, as he attempts to regain a world title and make some more money before calling it a day. But a rematch in Scotland with Burns will always be on the table as both men share Eddie Hearn as a promoter. 

Terry Flanagan

An all-Manchester match between Crolla and Terry Flanagan has been on the cards for quite some time now. Manchester City supporter Flanagan holds the WBO lightweight title and is an undefeated world champion who has struggled to nail down the big-name opportunities. 

Contesting fellow Mancunian and Manchester United fan Crolla in their own backyard would be a huge event. It’s another chance for Crolla to try and win a world crown too, though there’s a difference in promoters here which may cause a hold-up. 

Jorge Linares trilogy 

How about a third meeting with Linares? The South American has dispatched several Britons in his career of late.

Linares has overcome Crolla twice already, both times coming in Manchester, with the second being a world-class performance. It’s clear that the London-based world champion has Crolla’s number but a trilogy fight may be of interest still if the money and conditions are right. Watch this space!

Challengers Queue Up For Golovkin

After GGG’s stunning victory over Kell Brook at the weekend, the potential suitors for Golovkin’s next opponent have already made themselves known – knowing the status and purse size that a fight against the new unified champion.

With that in mind we’ve compiled a list of the most likely contenders to fight Golovkin next.

Chris Eubank Jnr
Probably the most controversial option and controversial tweet in the aftermath of the Kell Brook fight, Chris Eubank Jnr provides a genuine option for Golovkin however he may feel that he’s already too big for a fight with Eubank.

That of course remains to be seen, and Eubank Jnr put himself in the shop window by posting a tweet featuring a photo of the fighter alongside the quote “if you want a fight with a real British Middleweight… come get some. My corner don’t own towels.”

Controversial indeed.

Meanwhile promoter Frank Warren has branded Eubank’s tweet as “disgusting” in the wake of Kell Brook’s defeat.

Billy Joe Saunders
WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has also demanded a fight with Golovkin after his October 29th fight in Manchester on the card of Fury/Klitschko 2.

Presuming Billy Joe Saunders emerges from the fight victorious, he will feel he is in a strong position to go toe-to-toe with GGG when the decision is made.

Promoter Frank Warren has hinted that discussions have already begun and he is aiming for that fight to be held in the UK just like the Brook/Golovkin bout.

Daniel Jacobs
Daniel Jacobs is the man that Golovkin has apparently been ordered to fight next (within 120 days) according to the WBA.

The American is eager to get into the ring with Golovkin posting a series of tweets calling out the man from Kazakhstan.

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez
The one man who hasn’t tweeted about Golovkin that may well be the ideal next fight is Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

The Mexican is currently focused on his upcoming fight against Liam Smith where his WBO world title is on the line.

Canelo has previously stated that he will eventually fight GGG, however we may just have to wait a little longer for this super-fight

Summary
‘Who’s next?’ is the question on everyone’s lips but my gut feeling is that we’ll see Golovkin take a short break and enjoy his time in the spotlight. Pound for pound one of the best fighters on the planet right now, he will evidently haave the pick of his challengers come his next bout.

Check out boxing matches today so you don’t miss a beat in the boxing world. We’ll bring the conclusion of the Golovkin ‘next fight’ drama as soon as a fight has been agreed.

Brook biggest test of all for Golovkin

With their middleweight clash now just under a month away, Gennady Golovkin believes that Kell Brook will provide him with the biggest test of his career to date when the duo clash at the O2 Arena in London.

With IBF Welterweight Champion Brook having stepped up two weight divisions to take on Golovkin, the Kazakhstani fighter is understandably the favourite in the boxing odds from bookmakers. The 34-year-old has won each of his 35 professional contests to date, with 32 coming by way of knockout. The WBC, IBF and WBO Middleweight titles will be on the line in London next month, with Golovkin not taking his British opponent lightly, despite being the overwhelming favourite.

Kell Brook weighed in at almost a stone heavier than his opponent at the 30-day check in, writing off those in the boxing world who believed Golovkin’s natural strength would be too much for the Brit. You can get on the chin boxing odds of 1/6 on for Golovkin to claim an expected win, while Brook is offered outsider odds of 4/1.

Elsewhere in the boxing in 2016, ahead of his contest with Canelo Alvarez, Liam Smith has predicted a knockout victory over his Mexican opponent. Alvarez is arguably the most celebrated boxer still competing, and the duo will collide at the AT&T Arena on September 17. British fighter Smith has played down concerns over Canelo’s weight, with the Mexican known for adding at least 20 pounds on fight night. Canelo recently overcame Amir Khan in one of the fights of the year, and is favourite in the boxing odds at Coral for another victory, at 1/10 on. 28-year-old Smith is coming off the back of a second-round knockout victory over Predrag Radosevic in June, having suffered just one professional career defeat to date.

A win for both Golovkin and Canelo would likely set up a box office clash between the undefeated duo, with boxing fans worldwide eagerly anticipating such a bout. The boxing odds from Coral are currently too close to call in their boxing betting market.