Anthoby Crolla (31-6-3, 13 KOs) lost for the second consecutive fight last Saturday night in getting beaten by WBA World lightweight champion Jorge Linares (42-3, 27 KOs) by a one-sided 12 round unanimous at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. The fight was televised by Sky Sports as well as Showtime Championship Boxing.
The fight was seen in the UK, as well as the U.S. Despite losing by the scores 118-109, 118-109 and 118-109, the 30-year-old Crolla could be fighting for a world title in his next match against the winner of the April 15 unification fight between WBA champion Ricky Burns and IBF champion Julius Indongo. Crolla’s promoter Eddie Hearn wants to match him against the winner of the Burns vs. Indongo fight, as he feels that would be a big fight. Hearn also is interested somewhat in matching Crolla against WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan.
“Ricky Burns is also unifying the division on April 15. I wouldn’t rule out moving up to take on the winner of that fight but I just put the options in front of Anthony and Joe and they will make the decision,” said Hearn to skysports.com. “There is talk about the Terry Flanagan fight and that could be an option down the line,” Hearn said.
Crolla would need to move up in weight to face the 5’10” Burns at 140. That would be a difficult fight for Crolla, because Burns is very technical and he’s a big fighter in terms of height. However, from the stand point of fan interest and the money that can be made, Burns is easily the best option for Crolla to take rather than to face Flanagan, who has yet to build a large fan base. It would be a tough fight for Crolla to try and beat Flanagan, and he might not be able capable of beating someone that big. Crolla showed good boxing skills in his loss to Linares, but he probably isn’t talented enough to beat Flanagan.