Here’s a look back at some of the top action over the weekend –
Anthony Crolla vs Ricky Burns
Crolla edged out Burns by unanimous decision in Manchester on Saturday in their lightweight showdown. The hometown hero outworked Scotland’s Burns over 12 grueling and closely contested rounds, narrowly taking a points win via scores of 116-113, 116-114 and 117-112.
Crolla looked the slightly fresher fighter but had to dig deep against Burn’s who showed that he still has plenty left in the tank to compete at this level. A rematch in Glasgow seems the most likely outcome instead of the winner facing Luke Campbell without a title on the line.
Speaking after the fight, Crolla said: “I thought I had done enough, but Ricky kept on coming, he gave me a very tough fight. I owe these people here in Manchester another world title. I’ve also got no problem in going to Glasgow for a rematch.”
Chris Eubank Jnr vs Avni Yildirim
Chris Eubank Jnr put on a scintillating display of power and aggression as he took apart Yildirim within three rounds to retain his IBO super-middleweight belt and advance to the semi-final of the World boxing super series.
Yildirim did start the fight well looked and comfortable but Eubank sprung into action in round 2 and upped the aggression and work rate. In round 3 Eubank launched a trademark onslaught, landing a series of fast, powerful punches to force Yildirim back before knocking him to the canvas with a savage left hook forcing the referee to call a halt to the fight.
With the win, Eubank Jnr is now in line to face the winner of George Groves – Jamie Cox in what would be a mouth-watering all British showdown in the World boxing super series. In his current form, you wouldn’t bet against Eubank Jnr claiming another emphatic win.