Why Ricky Burns should pay close attention to Crawford and Postol fight

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Newly crowned light welterweight titleholder Ricky Burns made history when he beat Michele di Rocco to become Scotland’s first ever three weight world champion, but is he ready to avenge his loss to Terence Crawford?

Crawford, who is rated as one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world and is due to take on Viktor Postol on July the 23rd in a unification bout at 140 pounds, is at odds of 1/6 for the fight, according to 32Red UK and Betway.

Burns fought Crawford back in 2014 but the classy American had too much skill and power for his opponent and won on points to capture the WBO lightweight championship.

That result capped off a sequence of poor performances from the Scot which started when Burns moved away from Frank Warren’s stable and joined Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing.

In his first fight for the new promotion he faced off against Jose Gonzalez and after being outclassed for the first six rounds he came back well in the next few rounds and forced the Puerto Rican to retire on his stool.

It was his next contest against Raymundo Beltran that would cause people to question his future. Burns was put to the canvas in the eighth round but he managed to pick himself up to earn a controversial split decision draw, a result which angered many fans who felt the Mexican had won the fight comfortably.
The Scot’s night didn’t get any better as it was announced that Burns had to have a metal plate installed during surgery following a broken jaw.
The WBO then mandated Burns to defend his title against Crawford in his first match back since the surgery. Crawford dominated the contest and came away with the title.

Since then Crawford defended the lightweight title twice before moving up a weight class to capture the vacant WBO light welterweight title.
Crawford has so far made two defences of his new title but it has been far from plain sailing. Despite being a heavy favourite against Yuriorkis Gamboa and Thomas Dulorme, both caused him problems and exposed the champion’s defensive shortcomings. 

The fight against Postol represents the first real test to see if Crawford is to become boxing’s next big star and as already mentioned, he is odds-on with 32Red UK.

Despite stopping his opponents in 20 of his 28 victories, this fight represents a significant step up in quality. Crawford has yet to show enough punching power to suggest he can stop Postol and the American is evens to win the bout by decision or technical decision, although if you want to cover your basis a bit more you can get a healthy 4/7 for there to be over 10.5 rounds.

So with Burns now back to winning ways and also a world champion in the same division as Crawford, a rematch would definitely make financial sense.
If Crawford maintains his hopes of becoming a huge draw then he will need to unify the division so if he defeats Postol on the 23rd of July then that will leave just two belts remaining.​

Will Tyson Fury defend his titles against Wladimir Klitschko?

Tyson Fury is a monster. The British fighter defied the odds to beat Ukrainian veteran Wladimir Klitschko back in November and the two heavyweight stars are set to go head-to-head again in front of a sell-out Manchester Arena on July 9th. Right now, Fury is working hard to get back into shape ahead of the bout whilst Klitschko is desperate to get his hands back on the world titles before his impending retirement.

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Ultimately, Klitschko is a winner and he won’t go down without a fight. Both men gave everything they had in the first fight and Fury came out as winner on unanimous decision – and boxing fans from all over the world will be hoping for a similar fight next month. It truly was one of the best heavyweight clashes in recent years and Fury, priced at 10/11 in the latest boxing betting markets as of 13th June, will be quietly confident of getting the job done in front of his home crowd.

But if nothing else, the Ukrainian fighter deserves plenty of respect. At 40 years old, Klitschko is in his twilight years but he is still capable of landing a devastating blow and Fury must be wary of his threat. Prior to Fury’s victory in November, Klitschko hadn’t lost since 2004 – an incredible achievement. And on paper, he still boasts the skillset to beat Fury, especially if the Manchester-born fighter doesn’t quite manage to get back into shape.

Fury’s brutal, unorthodox style gives him a great chance of toppling Klitschko again – a result that would almost certainly confirm his place at the top of the boxing rankings. While most publications do class him as the best heavyweight on the planet, some are still sceptical and are waiting for the result of his second bout with Klitschko before giving him the credit that his first performance deserved. Unfortunately, this tends to happen when a rematch is scheduled – it’s just part and parcel of the sport.

The best way for Fury to send out a clear statement is by earning a KO-victory. However, this won’t come easy. Fury isn’t exactly renowned for his knockout ability; having won 18 of his 25 fights by this method in the past. And although a KO-victory isn’t the be all and end all, the 28-year-old would love nothing more than to send the Ukrainian to the floor and defend his titles in breath-taking style.

He is desperate to succeed and will stop at nothing to guarantee victory in this bout. Remember, this is the guy who arrived at a press conference wearing a Batman outfit – he has no qualms about doing whatever it takes to rile and wind his opponent up. And while there is less than three weeks until the fight, there is still plenty of time for mind games and if anyone is going to win those, it’s Tyson Fury.

Tony Bellew claims Possible Showdown with David Haye is not far away

In an interview given to Sky Sports, WBC Cruiserweight Champion Tony Bellew has claimed that a fight between him and David Haye is already on the cards.

The boxer further claimed that discussions have already begun regarding the fight between the two camps.

This statement from Bellew came after he won the WBC Cruiserweight title on May 29th. The boxer was fighting Ilunga Makabu at Goodison Park in Liverpool.

Makabu started the bout strongly as he knocked down Bellew in the first round and hopes of Bellew winning the title looking to be far fetched at that point.

However, after coming into his stride in the third, the English boxer enjoyed the best moment of his career as he knocked out Ilunga Makabu.

After winning the fight, Bellew unexpectedly turned towards Haye as he asked the Londoner to stop fighting “clowns”.

“Come back down to your natural weight and fight a real cruiserweight, because you have had long enough fighting clowns on that joke channel,’ yelled the Liverpool-born boxer.

“We are in talks. The two of us are speaking at the moment and we’ll see where it goes but I want to fight the ‘Haye-faker’,” Bellew told Sky Sports News HQ.

Just hours after Bellew challenged him Haye responded by posting a video on his Instagram account.

The boxer claimed that he will happily fight the cruiserweight Champion and will “smash him to bits”.

However, as stated by Haye, that will happen after he first knocks out Shannon Briggs in his upcoming fight, a fight that will interest those looking to place a bet with the bookmakers such as Paddy Power.

He further claimed that he is knocking out all the people who are talking too much, and Bellew should get ready to be on that list.