Anthony Crolla vs Ricky Burns
Mancunian warrior, former world champion, Anthony Crolla, takes on Scottish warrior, also former world champion, Ricky Burns, in his home town of Manchester.
The fight starts off of a tentative, but workmanlike pace, as Crolla throws punches in bunches, finds the body shots, but Burns, a veteran, lands clean, sharp straight shots, with the jab, and right hand landing clean. As the rounds tick by, none are one sided, but the general idea is that after 6 rounds, Crolla is ahead, as the younger man just seems to find something to convince a judge not to split the round, but Burns is far from finished.
Round 7 is close, but Burns lands a fantastic right uppercut late in the round to probably take it. Rounds 8-12, seem, overall, to be anybody's. Both tire, but both stand their ground, volume, weight of punch, from Crolla, accuracy, cuter work, combinations, sharpness, from Burns, who usually lands the best punch of the round, while Crolla displays a counter jab every now and again which is better than many would have expected, but Burns, looking physically stronger, less fatuiged than many would have expected. Nobody manages to really pull away late in the fight.
Most observers and members of the boxing public seem to believe Crolla has edged it. Both boxers are confident they have won the fight, just before the scorecards are announced, and Crolla is awarded a unanimous decision, in a fight that could really have gone either way, with Steve Gray, generously awarding Crolla the win by 5 points.
Anthony and Ricky show great sportsmanship after the fight, it is clear to everyone that the immense respect they have for each other means they will be mates for life, but it seemed they haven't quite finished wanting to beat the heck out if each other, as Crolla suggests travelling to Glasgow for a rematch, and Burns, not hesitating to accept a second fight in his home country, as a strong possibility for the future.