Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom have another packed card on in Manchester, headlined by Anthony Crolla vs Ricky Burns –
- Crolla vs Burns – Lightweight bout – Manchester arena
Two of the best lightweight’s in recent years finally lock horns in a cracking domestic dust-up. Despite being a 3 weight world champion, Burns comes into this fight as the underdog, mainly based on his recent form. While Crolla was on an 11 fight unbeaten run until he came undone against Linares, who he took the distance on both occasions but lost out on points to. It’s hard to see where the loser goes after this, as both are into their 30’s now and have had a lot of tough fights over the years.
Im expecting a real toe to toe battle here and I can’t see either fighter taking a backwards step as they both know this could be the last chance saloon for them. Technically Crolla has the advantage over Burns, and he has the tighter defence. So I think he will time his attacks well and move in and out of range, fighting in bursts while using his superior movement and footwork. Crolla tends to attack the body early and I think that will be a great tactic to slow down the 34-year-old Burns.
While for Burns to get the win, I think he will have to fight at a really high tempo, close the distance and drag Crolla into a gruelling fight, backing Crolla to the ropes every chance he gets. At 34, Burns needs to throw caution to the wind and do everything he can to get the win. But will it be enough….
Crolla wins on points – Unanimous decision
I just think Crolla is a bit fresher, has a bit more left in the tank and has shown in his two battles with Jorge Linares that he still belongs at world level. I think it will be a tough, gruelling fight and boxing fans will no doubt be calling for a rematch.