SunSport’s boxing columnist and former world champ Glenn McCrory believes this fight will light up the Manchester Arena
RICKY BURNS will stand toe-to-toe with fellow Brit Anthony Crolla and thankfully there’s no need to build the fight with trash talk when it’s a true 50/50 match.
And that’s what we have on October 7 at the Manchester Arena.
Two of Boxing’s nice guys will clash in a true make or break match-up.
Scotland’s former three-weight world champion Burns goes head to head with Manchester hero in the ring and out, former lightweight world champion Million Dollar Crolla.
Both have incredible stories.
Who would have thought that Burn, who lost to fellow Scot Alex Arthur and England’s Carl Johansson early in his career, would go on to be his nation’s only three-weight world champion.
Or that Crolla would capture a world title after been demolished by Derry Mathews in a crushing loss then facing life threatening injuries in a dreadful attack by burglars outside his home in Manchester.
This indeed is a crossroads fight nearing the end of the road for both men, but it is still a fascinating clash as both look for one more crack at world honours.
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Burns moves back down to lightweight where he had so much success before being derailed by the fabulous Terence Crawford in March 2014.
And Crolla lost his title he won on a glorious night in Manchester stopping Darleys Perez before running into the excellent Jorge Linares last year.
It promises to be all smiles and handshakes on the run up as the polite and likeable duo show what this noble art is really all about before going to battle in the ring with their hearts on their sleeves.
It should be a wonderful domestic dust up that will not disappoint.
Ricky Burns vs Anthony Crolla – Fight Stats
Age – 34
Fights – 48
Wins – 41 (14 KOs)
Losses – 6
Draws – 1
Stance – Orthodox
Age – 30
Fights – 40
Wins – 31 (13 KOs)
Losses – 6
Draws – 3
Stance – Orthodox
We can expect 12 tremendously hard fought rounds with all the excitement and drama these gallant pair can provide.
They will fight with every ounce of strength they have, knowing that a loss could potentially signal the end of a career and a win provide one more chance at glory.
The result is certainly no formality and I see a hard fought close contest but my pick is for Burns to show his usual Scottish grit and pull off another fine win.
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