World champion Ricky Burns says he cannot see WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla losing this Saturday night against Jorge Linares at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Burn thinks Crolla (31-4-3, 13 KOs) will fight well in turning back the threat from the highly experienced Jorge Linares (40-3, 27 KOs).
However, this is still considered a 50-50 fight from the public at large who don’t have a dog in this race. Burns obviously knows Crolla, and is actively rooting for him. But for the fans who don’t give a fig which of the two fighters win, they see it as a more even affair that can be won by either guy. Crolla has a real advantage is the fight being staged in the UK in his hometown.
You can argue that Crolla will be starting off the fight with a six round lead based on the fight being staged in the UK. It’ll be up to Linares to try and storm back, take the crowd out of the fight, and leave the judges with no other choice but to give it to him rather than the hometown boy.
“It’s a great fight,” Burns said Sky Sports News. “Obviously Anthony is a really nice guy and I get on really well with him. Don’t get me wrong, there are going to be some hard times during this fight. Everything he has got, he’s worked hard for and he deserves it. I just cannot see him losing. I think he’s going to go out and do a job on Linares.”
Crolla is coming into the fight on a high note with him recently putting together impressive knockout wins over Ismael Barroso and Darleys Perez in his last two fights. Crolla isn’t normally a knockout puncher, but he’s done a great job of landing body punches to wear down and stop his last two opponents. Crolla will likely try and go to Linares’ body to see if he can duplicate the efforts he’s had lately. That might bring bad results for Crolla though, because Linares is highly skilled with amazing boxing skills. If Crolla drops his head to try and go to the body, Linares will surely be looking to take his head off each time.
“But I just think Anthony – the wins that he’s had – his confidence is sky-high. The momentum that he’s got going right now, I just think he’s going to get the job done,” said Burns.