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Kid Galahad fights for Commonwealth title May 10th

24.04.14

By @Livefight

KID GALAHAD IS OUT TO CLAIM THE COMMONWEALTH

CROWN WITH 'BAZZMATAZZ' IN SHEFFIELD

Kid Galahad

London (24 April) Kid Galahad will challenge Fred 'The General' Mundraby for the vacant Commonwealth super bantamweight title at Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, on May 10th, live on Channel 5.

“Mundraby is a game opponent and he's coming to win, but it doesn’t matter what he does it’s not going to be enough to beat me,” Galahad said.

The 24-year-old undefeated champion, Galahad, claimed the European crown by recording the 16th win of his unblemished record, that includes eight knockouts, with a 12 round masterclass over former Spanish champion Sergio Prado.


The Ingle trained star, Galahad, who is also an unbeaten former British and WBC International champion, will have to be on form when he faces ‘The General’ Mundraby.

The 26-year-old Australian is their national super bantamweight champion and boasts an impressive 15 wins with seven knockouts.

Fighting out of Cairns, Queensland, Mundraby fights in the UK for the first time in his career and is focussed on defeating Galahad and claiming the title.

“It will be an awesome feeling to have another belt to add to my collection,” Mundraby said.

“Also, it's another step closer to a World Title fight - I will make my people proud and honouring God."

However, Galahad, who has won four of his last five contests by knockout, is adamant he isn't overlooking his latest opponent and is unwavering in his preparations.

"I'm not looking past this kid, I know he will be coming with a game-plan and he'll be confident, but when I enter that ring I know what I need to do and I know I can push myself to do whatever it takes to win," Galahad said.

"I want to win this belt for everyone that comes and supports me, it means everything to me and I appreciate all of them.

"This is another belt for my collection and it's another step to where I want to be and that's in the big fights at world level."

The newly crowned European super bantamweight champion, Galahad, is chasing a world title and is out to show why domestic rival and WBA champion Scott Quigg will want “no part” of him.

“I’m going to show exactly why Carl Frampton vacated his European title rather than fight me and why Quigg and his promoter daren’t even mention me in the same sentence, me personally I know they want no part of me."

Also scheduled to fight on the show is undefeated heavyweight sensation Hughie Lewis Fury as he looks to extend his perfect record to 14 straight wins. Joining them will also be a whole host of local talent, including Sheffield's Dave Howe, Callum Hancock, Tom Mcassey and Ryan Hardy, Barnsley's Lee Noble, Rotherham's Karl Bell and Chatteris fighter Jordan Gill.



Ticket Information

Unreserved tickets for May 10th are priced at £35 and ringside from £100 and are available to purchase from today by calling 0114 223 3777.

Mayweather: I've boxed my whole life; never had a job

23.04.14

By @Livefight

FLOYD MAYWEATHER, 10-Time World Champion

"In 18 years I haven't brought my best out yet. Being around the sport for so long, I have a lot of experience. I've boxed my whole life. I've never worked a job.

"As I get older I want to settle down and be with my family. I've had enough fun.

"It feels good to be in camp. Everyone on the team is ready to go out and do what we do best.

"This is a give and take type of sport. Al Haymon has done a good job. Leonard Ellerbe has done a good job. Now it's time for me to go out and do what I do.

"Maidana deserves the opportunity. He's a champion with an 80 percent knockout ratio. He deserves this fight.

"Everything isn't about speed. Everything in boxing and life is about timing. I'm a fighter that likes to take my time and be smart. Some fighters like to be reckless. You see what happens when fighters are reckless.

"Boxing is like chess. Every move has to be thought about before you make it. I like to study my opponents first.

"I'm not going to do a lot of moving when I get in the ring. I'm coming straight ahead.

"Everyone is supposed to say they want to fight me. Right now Maidana is the guy that I can't overlook.

"I love all my fans that support me from Argentina. It's the sport of boxing, so the best have to fight the best."

LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions

"Mayweather is always ready for anyone.

"Maidana has tremendous punching power and can knock you out at any moment.

"Maidana should be ready for a toe-to-toe battle.

"THE MOMENT will be a tremendous fight. A must see event.

"Floyd has a unique talent that I've never seen before in my life. He's better now than he was 12 years ago.

"Floyd's preparation elevates him above the rest.

"J'Leon has matured as a fighter. This is going to be a very tough fight for him."

"I have every bit of confidence that this is a challenge that J'Leon will prevail in and then be in a great position to challenge for the world title."


RICHARD SCHAEFER, CEO GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS

"Floyd Mayweather did it again. He picked the most dangerous opponent he could have.

"It's going to be a thrilling fight. Maidana is ready and he's going to come to try to knock out Mayweather.

"It is always amazing to be at a Mayweather workout. The turnout is something to see.

"As a boxing fan, I cannot wait for May 3. THE MOMENT is going to be an unforgettable night of boxing.

"The whole card from top to bottom is something that no one is going to want to miss and the pay-per-view portion is one of the best, if not the best we have ever put together."



"THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana," is a 12-round world championship unification bout for Mayweather and Maidana's respective 147-pound titles. This is the third fight of Mayweather's lucrative multi-fight deal with Showtime Networks Inc. THE MOMENT is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona, O'Reilly Auto Parts and AT&T. In the co-main event, Amir Khan faces Luis Collazo in a 12-round bout for the vacant WBC silver welterweight world title. The pay-per-view undercard also features a 10-round junior welterweight fight between Adrien Broner and Carlos Molina as well as a 10-round super middleweight bout featuring J'Leon Love vs. Marco Antonio Periban. The event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) will be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).


Tickets priced at $1,500, $1,000 and $750 are still available, not including applicable service charges and taxes. Tickets $550 and $350 are sold out. Tickets are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available at www.mgmgrand.com orwww.ticketmaster.com.

Groves: Everyone is going to Wembley to see Froch LOSE

23.04.14

By @Livefight

"We are planning something fun for the walk in, and I'm only going to focus on the fight when Michael Buffer anounces our name and then you hear 'Seconds out' and I will then take his head off." said George Groves from his media day today which involved touring London on a double decker bus to promote their May pay-per-view megafight.

Hearn outlines options for WBA champ Quigg

23.04.14

By @nate_williams23

There is one word that keeps echoing throughout the super-bantamweight division in world boxing and that word is unification.

At the moment, the super-bantamweight tree is separated into three tiers and on the top branch, is already unified pound for pound world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux. The 33 year-old Cuban superstar is the WBA’s “super” champion as he holds a version of their belt and added the WBO crown to his cabinet with victory over Nonito Donaire last year.

The next level belongs to the WBC’s champion Leo Santa Cruz (27-0-1) and the IBF’s current titleholder Kiko Martinez. And at the very base of this largely growing structure is bullish Brit Scott Quigg and Northern Ireland’s “Jackal” Carl Frampton, who are battling each other to reach new heights.



Quigg (28-0-2) was promoted to the WBA’s “regular” world champion last year after earning a majority draw against Yoandris Salinas in an impressive boxing display, and dispatching Diego Silva comfortably in the second round.

Belfast’s Frampton is earning more respect out of the two after receiving praise from fight fans for his fairly easy win over Hugo Cazarez in a WBC world title eliminator to face Santa Cruz.

However, after his recent demolishing of Tshifiwa Munyai in Manchester on April 19, the undefeated Bury star and his team believes he should be next in line for a chance to unify the division.

Munyai (24-3-1), who stepped in as a late replacement for Nehomar Cermeno due to visa issues, was predicted to be a tough test for Quigg, but the “Atomic Spider” was washed out by the 25 year-old’s knockout power.

Quigg produced a perfectly-timed and brutal one-two punch to send his South African opponent to the canvas in the second round. The right hand bomb Quigg detonated was so devastating in effect that medical staff rushed to Munyai’s aid.

“No one’s ever done that to Munyai,” said Quigg.

“He’s durable, tough and people were expecting him to cause me a lot of problems. I said before the fight you were going to see the best of Scott Quigg because I know I’m at my best from what I’ve been practicing and training. Nothing less than what I did in that ring would have been good enough.

“I want them big fights and I want to unify the division. I can fight Leo Santa Cruz, Kiko Martinez but a lot of people are asking me about Carl Frampton. They are the fights I want.”

The question is who will get there first? WBA champion Quigg or his adversary Frampton?

Frampton also produced a cracker jack punch to see off Cazarez in similar fashion and earn the official right to face Mexico’s Santa Cruz. Quigg’s trainer Joe Gallagher argues that the praise and the finger of blame for poor opponents are being pointed in the wrong direction.

“Scott beat Salinas who will prove that he can come again and become a champion. Carl turned that fight down and we beat him but no one’s giving Carl stick for beating blown-up bums,” he said.

“Carl Frampton beat a super-flyweight that only moved up to super-bantamweight two years ago. For that, some press are hailing Frampton as the next big thing. We’re beating solid fighters and it was a solid performance again from Scott Quigg.”

Of course, the man behind Quigg’s next move will be his promoter Eddie Hearn. He thinks that they can realistically get to Santa Cruz before Frampton because of the financial and material rewards of two belts on the line.

Hearn also argues that it would be a struggle to entice Santa Cruz over to British shores but believes they would have a better chance of doing so than Frampton and his promoter Barry McGuigan.

“You’re talking about a guy who boxes on ShowTime for huge purses,” said Hearn.

“The idea of half-a-million to come to Belfast is probably the most unattractive offer he has heard in his life. Frampton is a top quality fighter but if you’re Leo Santa Cruz and you’re not due a mandatory, would you want to fight Carl Frampton? Especially, in Belfast. If you’re Carl Frampton, why on Earth would you want to go to Mexico or some region of America and fight Leo Santa Cruz for 100 or 200 thousand dollars? You can challenge for a world title here in Britain for treble that much.

“Santa Cruz is difficult for both Scott and Carl but I believe we’ve got more chance because we have a belt,” he added.



“Scott’s got no problem boxing in America either if there’s a big fight with Santa Cruz to unify the division at stake. But you can’t just bring fighters over for a couple of hundred grand. The answer is you have to find a huge pot of money and have something that attracts them to the fight. Another world title belt might just do that.

“We’re the champion so we’ll chase Leo Santa Cruz. I spoke to GoldenBoy and we’ll have conversations again and again. Why would either of these men fight each other? The answer is we need to unify the division.”

There is a solution to this problem where Quigg could defend his belt against Frampton and the winner steps up to face Santa Cruz in another big British clash that UK fight fans have craved this year.

However, Hearn said it’s not that simple because he has made and increased an offer to the Frampton camp but has heard nothing positive back.

“I spoke to the McGuigans on Wednesday (April 16). They said I haven’t tried to make the fight but that’s not true. I made them an offer and I’ve increased my offer for Scott to fight Carl Frampton. We were supposed to meet but we didn’t for some reason.

“They expect me to chase them like Carl’s the world champion. Scott’s the world champion and he has the belt. Carl Frampton said we want other options but we don’t. We can take three or five options ahead of him but I won’t because I believe we will win the fight anyway. It’s not rocket science. These guys are in the sport for a short period of time. It’s my job to deliver the biggest fights with the biggest money possible. The answer to that is Carl Frampton because it’s the best option for both men.”

Or another option is for Quigg to jump over the other champions and go to the top of the tree and fight the undefeated king Rigondeaux. Rigondeaux (13-0) is awesome to watch for the boxing purists who see the sport as an art form of hitting and not getting hit.



Nonetheless, the two-time Olympic gold medallist is hard to sell as his promoters are becoming increasingly frustrated by his lack of willingness to get drawn into a brawl.

It is for this reason alone that Hearn thinks that such a clash between Rigondeaux and his charge is not likely to happen.

“Rigondeaux is great but I don’t think there is any money in a Rigondeaux fight,” he said.

“No one’s interested in him in America, no one outside of the hardcore boxing fans have heard of him over here so what would be the point? I don’t think Scott would be afraid of fighting Rigondeaux or anyone for that matter but you’ve got to be clever at the same time.”

The most likely option of a unification fight for Quigg is to face the IBF’s Kiko Martinez (30-4-0), who has previously fought Carl Frampton and lost. It would be the easiest option for Quigg because the 28 year-old Spaniard has fought in similar circumstances before with the added bargaining chip of a chance to become a unified champion.

Hearn said: “Martinez is perfect because it makes sense commercially, financially, we’re able to bring him over, both IBF and WBA titles on the line and it’s Frampton-free because they won’t chase him. It’s a chance for Martinez to unify the division and where else is he going to get it? It’s a realistic fight.”

In the meantime, Quigg is set to finish the summer by headlining his own show in Bury’s JD Stadium on Gigg Lane against a credible world ranked opponent.
“I know it’s called the JD Stadium but it would be nice if I was fighting on Quigg Lane for the day,” said Quigg.

“It would be great to box in the stadium of my hometown in Bury and I’m sure it would be a sellout.”

Hearn said plans are in place for Quigg’s dream day at Bury but it will be another hard search for an opponent capable of standing up to his power for a good 12-round fight to give him a platform onto the world stage.

“I need something that’s going to get Scott Quigg credit because he’s beaten all these guys and now needs something that’s going to get people excited,” Hearn said.

“In the division there isn’t many. There might be one or two outside of the world champions that will do that. He destroyed Munyai and now he’s ready. There’s no one else in the world divisions that are ranked 2, 3, 4 and 5 that would not have been credible enough for Scott to fight. We need Martinez, we need Santa Cruz and of course, Frampton is the fight everyone wants. “

Hull prospect inspired by 'Boom Boom' Tommy Coyle

23.04.15

By @Livefight

HULL PROSPECT INSPIRED BY 'BOOM BOOM'

It's a great time to be turning pro if you're a fighter from Hull. With IBF International champion Tommy Coyle and Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell both hailing from the city, young Charlie Payton doesn't need to look far for inspiration.

The 22-year-old gets his second pro outing at Hull's City Hall on May 2, on a show streamed live and free on VIPBOXING.TV. And the former double ABA champion is desperate to impress again after dropping wily veteran Kristian Laight on route to a February debut points victory.

“The fans can expect to see hard power shots when I fight,” said Charlie, who moulds himself on idol Ricky Hatton. “I like to come forward and put pressure on my opponent, but I can box on the back foot too.

“In this next fight I'm looking to show I'm an exciting fighter and that the fans will want to come and watch me more in the future. I'm looking to take my opponent out and show the crowd my power.”

VIP Promotions co-promote this upcoming card alongside Coyle and the City of Hull boxing club. With 'Boom Boom' making the journey from small-halls to headlining huge Sky Boxing bonanzas, Charlie believes a similar route isn't beyond him and is dreaming of one day packing out stadiums himself.

“I've sparred with Tommy in the past,” recalled Charlie, son of former Hull City footballer Andy Payton. “I've seen how he's developed and I know I'm able to get to where he's at. Seeing Tommy do it, I know it's not totally out of my reach. It just shows you don't need to win Olympic medals to get to where he's at, and he's a real inspiration to me.

“I want to see how far I can go. The dream is a world title, but I'll take each stage at a time. I'm not in this to be a journeyman. This year the plan is to have at least four fights, stay undefeated and just learn as much as I can.”

Promoter Steve Wood stated: “We've signed up Charlie because we believe he's a very good prospect. At VIP Promotions we developed Tommy Coyle and helped get him to where he is today, and I think we can do a similar job with this lad. Charlie hits hard and the crowd will love watching him. Hull is really coming into its own as a boxing city and this show will highlight that.”

VIP Promotions present an entertaining night of boxing at the Hull City Hall on May 2 headlined by Hull's Joel Haigh versus Ibrar Riyaz for the British Masters Silver lightweight title. The undercard features Hull's Samir Mouneimne, Charlie Payton and Connor Seymour; Scunthorpe's Cameron Stevenson, and Driffield's Danny Little.

Tickets, priced £30, £40 and £50 are available from all boxers or at http://www.vipbe.co.uk or can be purchased on the door.

This show will be streamed live/FREE on VIPBOXING.TV

Keep updated on VIP Promotions’ news by visiting vipboxing.com or follow on Twitter @vipboxing and Facebook.

Collazo: Amir Khan better be ready for me

22.04.14

By @Livefight

Luis Collazo

NEW YORK (April 22, 2014) - Former WBA Welterweight World Champion and current WBA International Welterweight Champion Luis Collazo spent the afternoon of his birthday speaking with reporters about what he calls the "highest plateau that one can fight on." Collazo, who turned 33-years-old today, will face former unified world champion Amir "King" Khan in the co-main event of "THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana" on Saturday, May 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on SHOWTIME PPV®.

Collazo opened up about his spirituality, work ethic and excitement for this chance of a lifetime taking place in less than two weeks. Below is a selection of Collazo's thoughts ahead of his fight against Khan.

LUIS COLLAZO, WBA International Welterweight Champion:

"This fight [against Khan] is my whole career right in front of me. I believe if I beat Amir Khan I have a bigger future in boxing and if I don't, I have to start from the bottom again.

"I am not looking beyond Amir Khan. He is my main focus. From here whatever happens happens, but Amir Khan is all I'm thinking about right now.

"[What has changed between when he first held a world title and now] Back then, I was giving glory to myself, but now I give all glory to God. Wherever I go today is because of Him. Before I was on my time, now I'm on God's time and I believe that God has given me the motivation to perform the way I'm performing. I'm going to keep performing at the elite level.

"A win over Khan does put me in the Mayweather sweepstakes, but my sights are set on Khan.

"[On Khan wanting to fight Mayweather] When Khan looks across the ring, he isn't going to see Floyd Mayweather. He is going to see Luis Collazo. I am the best.

"On May 3rd, THE MOMENT is going to be my moment.

"Being born and raised in Brooklyn means everything to me. To be able to go out there and perform at an elite level, coming from Brooklyn is everything. To see the transformation of where I'm from to where I am is tremendous.

"I believe this is the most exposure that I have seen in my career.

"When Floyd fights, everybody watches. Now to be able to fight in the fight right before he steps into the ring is tremendous.

"This is the highest plateau that one can fight on. You have to go out there and perform.

"Now that I am living a spiritual life, I am a different person. Yes I'm older, but spiritually I feel like I'm 22.

"We are supposed to go through trials and tribulations. That is what shapes our personality.

"Yeah I have five losses, but a lot of people remember you for your last outing, and my last outing was tremendous. If my last fight was a defeat, people would keep bringing it up.

"[On the Ortiz fight] On that night Ortiz looked like the old man. If you are taking care of yourself and have faith you can overcome any obstacle.

"The water in Brooklyn is just breeding great fighters. We have great guys coming out of Starrett City Boxing Gym. These kinds of gyms are the best kinds of gyms. That is what creates fighters in the ring that are going to give 110 percent every time they go out.

"I hope Khan is ready on May 3 to fight me, not someone else. It's going to be an explosive night not just for me, but for the boxing fans in general.

"Khan is going to fight the best Collazo on May 3. Whatever he said he said. Talk is cheap.

"At this point in the game 75 percent is mental and the other 25 is physical. Mentally it is easy to breakdown. You have to go into the ring and be smart.

"Fighting for my first title was my hardest fight. I came out of it with a fractured rib. The last three rounds I was exhausted, but I gave it my all and I made sure that I left everything I ever fought for in that ring.

"My prediction for this fight is that I am going to be victorious."

NIRMAL LORRICK, Collazo's Trainer

"I think Luis has been one of the luckiest fighters through his ups and downs. He has had the option to fight fighters from all of the different promotional companies. He never sold out. I think to me Luis is one of the top three fighters in the world and he's been like that for a long time. He has just been overlooked.

"Luis is guiding us, God is guiding him and we are doing the work together. He is enjoying this. I am very proud of him."

Tickets priced at $1,500, $1,000 and $750 are still available, not including applicable service charges and taxes. Tickets $550 and $350 are sold out. Tickets are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available at www.mgmgrand.com orwww.ticketmaster.com.

Maxi Hughes tackles former Burns opponent Laryea

22.04.14

By @Livefight

Jospeh Laryea

The faith that thriving promoter, Dave Coldwell, has in his young charge, Maxi Hughes, will be exhibited in abundance on May 9th as the Yorkshire youngster tackles former world title challenger, Joseph Laryea, over 10 rounds for the vacant super-featherweight International Masters title at Ice Sheffield. Hughes’ move to South Wales to be a part of Gary Lockett’s successful stable has paid handsomely thus far and the Rossington prospect is hopeful that an impressive victory over the hard-hitting Ghanaian will pave the way for future belt opportunities.

“I’m well aware how much of a threat Laryea is but with risk comes reward and this is a fight that can put me on the map,” said Hughes. “There are big opportunities in the super featherweight division and myself and Dave have sat down and looked at a number of scenarios that could material once this is out the way. This fight is all about proving that I have what it takes to move up another level and I’ll prove it in style on May 9th.”

Maxi Hughes

Hughes’ journey to his breakthrough fight with the well-travelled African has been a consistently smooth one with a 2013 points loss to Blackpool protégé, Scotty Cardle, being the only setback on his ledger. Since that defeat just over a year ago, Hughes has made adjustments in preparation that have seen him join up with Lockett and also head a division south. With everything seemingly in place for an assault on the domestic league, Hughes is confident that the changes he has made will set up a successful future.

“Even though the Cardle fight never went to plan, there were still a load of positives that I took from that fight. It was good exposure for me and I went the distance with a top kid and learnt an awful lot from it. Since then, I’ve moved a few bits of stuff around and everything is going perfect at the moment. Dave is getting me the right fights, Gary is bringing me on loads, so now it’s down to me to get in there and repay my team for the effort they’re putting into me.”

Anthony Crolla: From Sykes to Murray. Transformation Complete

20.04.2014

By @John_Evans79



As I drove home from Manchester’s Phones 4u Arena last night, my mind wandered back to another Saturday night spent watching Anthony Crolla fight. It is almost five years to the day since I settled on the sofa to watch a thrilling back and forth super featherweight battle between Crolla and Gary Sykes. That night, Crolla had all the technical skills but was just unable to match Sykes physically and was eventually outpointed. Apart from his fight with Juan Montiel in Las Vegas, I have been at every fight Crolla has had since that night in Stoke’s Fenton Manor Sports Complex and seen him make the transformation from a nice, talented super featherweight to a championship calibre lightweight.

Last night at Manchester’s Phones 4u Arena, Crolla, (28-4-1, 11 KO’s) won the heavily hyped 'Battle of Manchester' by beating former British and European champion, John Murray, and he did it by combining his technical skills with physical strength and bloody mindedness. Transformation complete.

Crolla’s ability to detach himself from all of the talk and hype which surrounds his fights nowadays is becoming as big a weapon as his jab. Over the past six weeks every trip to the shops will have been accompanied by a series of conversations about the fight and almost every evening taken up answering questions about it from people like me, yet, rather than allowing it to eat away at him, Crolla seems able to remain his calm, friendly self right up until his entrance music starts.

Crolla didn’t beat a rusty, out of shape Murray. At times there were glimpses of the Murray that walked through Lee Meager and bullied Gary Buckland and Crolla was forced to come through some of the most dangerous moments of his career.

During a tough first round Murray looked a step slower and a touch less powerful than he did at his rampaging best – even his shorts were a bit longer – but as the rounds passed, the ‘Murray Machine’ cranked into gear. After five, despite struggling to avoid Crolla’s jab, he had built a lead on the scorecards and had managed to drag Crolla into his kind of fight yet there was the feeling that his gas tank was emptying rapidly.

Crolla KO Murray

Murray was able to walk Crolla down, back him on to the ropes and unload his trademark attacks but - whether Crolla sensed a weakening or whether it was part of his strategy – the 27 year old began to take the centre of the ring and make Murray, (33-3, 20 KO’s), go backwards. Once the man from Chadderton by way of New Moston felt confident enough to stay in the pocket long enough to unload uppercuts, the writing was on the wall. A right hand put a busted up, tired Murray down early in round ten and although he dragged himself up, Crolla jumped right on top of him and kept punching until Terry O’Connor decided enough was enough.

Murray’s style and reputation ensure he needn’t worry about his phone falling silent and I would happily pay good money to see him attempt to regain his British title against the winner of the fight between Martin Gethin and Derry Mathews.

Crolla’s star continues to rise. As a two time world champion, Ricky Burns deserves to hold on to the title of Britain’s best lightweight for the time being but Crolla is building a pretty strong case for consideration himself. Kevin Mitchell may have a world title eliminator scheduled for the huge Carl Froch – George Groves bill but his body of work over the past year doesn’t stand up to Crolla’s.

Nobody deserves a big fight more.

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