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!

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.