Anthony Crolla vs Ricky Burns

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Anthony Crolla vs Ricky Burns
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Date: 
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Location: 
Manchester Arena (formerly M.E.N Arena), Manchester, UK
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
135
Referee: 
Terry O'Connor

Official Judging
Michael Alexander 116 - 114
Victor Loughlin 116 - 113
Steve Gray 117 - 112

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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.




Averaged Fan Card:

round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Anthony Crolla
                                                                    
9.10
9.60
10
10
10
9.80
9.30
9.80
9.30
9.90
9.90
9.10
Ricky Burns
                                                                    
10
9.40
9
9
9
9.20
9.70
9.20
9.70
9.10
9.10
9.90


Fan Cards: Anthony Crolla vs Ricky Burns


scorecard by KMSCR83
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY CROLLA
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
10
9
116
RICKY BURNS
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
9
9
10
112


scorecard by POWERPUNCHER999
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY CROLLA
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
118
RICKY BURNS
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
110


scorecard by THEICEMANJDOG
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY CROLLA
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
10
9
10
115
RICKY BURNS
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
9
10
9
113


scorecard by KAISERKOBA
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY CROLLA
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
9
116
RICKY BURNS
10
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
9
10
112


scorecard by JVVL95
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY CROLLA
9
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
10
9
115
RICKY BURNS
10
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
9
9
10
113


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY CROLLA
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
9
115
RICKY BURNS
10
10
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
10
113


scorecard by CHAMPION58
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY CROLLA
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
10
9
116
RICKY BURNS
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
9
9
10
112


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY CROLLA
9
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
10
9
115
RICKY BURNS
10
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
9
9
10
113


scorecard by ADAMJO260
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY CROLLA
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
10
9
116
RICKY BURNS
10
10
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
9
9
10
113


scorecard by LUKASZRPB
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY CROLLA
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
10
9
116
RICKY BURNS
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
9
9
10
112


Comments

rorschach's picture

Eggington vs Mimoune is also a damn good fight on this card. Also WBSS SMW tournament fight Eubank Jr. vs Yildirim is on the same day from Germany.

Champion97's picture

Added them both, who do you like in this fight?

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

I think this fight will be fantastic for British boxing, two top, top guys, great respect, great sportsmanship, and two warriors who will give the fans a great fight.

I think Anthony Crolla will always be a boxing legend within the UK, and all around the world, a tough challenger, a warrior with an inspirational story, but in the UK, he is so popular, he has been through so much, after sustaining those horrific injuries, one of them was a fractured skull, selflessly putting himself in danger to keep others out of danger, he came back, to win a world title, after being robbed in a fight against then world champion, Darleys Perez, he took him on think a rematch, and knocked him out with a body shot. Crolla defended his title against dangerous, unbeaten puncher Ismael Barroso, I remember hoping I was wrong, but thinking he would lose to Barroso. When the fight came, Barroso came out throwing a lot of leather, all guns blazing. Crolla stood his ground, responded, but was not giving as good as he was getting, and was hard to give him a round in the first 4. Barroso's problem was, he had worked very hard for 12-15 minutes, and in round 5, he seemed very fatuiged, and didn't seem to be able to recover, Crolla's fightback didn't help him either, as Crolla maybe nicked the round. After Crolla had narrowed a cashed Barroso's lead with a good round, he took control in the next round, and dug in a crushing body shot to end the fight, spectacularly. Crolla lost his title to Venezuelan, Jorge Linares, who beat him again in a rematch, wider than the first time, Crolla, well he certainly didn't let his elf or anybody else down in either fight, he was simply beaten by the better boxer on the night, never any shame in that whatsoever.

Ricky Burns is very, very popular in the UK particularly, but he has very few boxing fans anywhere who aren't fans of his as well, he always tries his best in the ring, he is very often in great fights, he may not be a big puncher, but he is tough, strong, he fight on the inside, he's gritty, and toughing it out in deep waters, has never, ever been a problem for him, in fact, he thrives in a hard, hard fight. Burns is not a big puncher, he doesn't do anything special really I don't think, nothing that sets him apart, but he is a compact, solid all round boxer, he does the basics so well, he doesn't have a lot of weaknesses, he doesn't make a lot of mistakes, he listens to his trainer, he does all the right things, and Burns is a very good fighter, he's achieved so much, won world titles at 3 weights. Burns has been in so many great fights, had such a long career, there was the fantastic win over Roman Martinez, the controversial draw, but still bravely fought battle against Raymundo Beltran, when he had the broken jaw, of course the win against Michele Di Rocco, he boxed very well that night, the defence against Kiryl Relikh, boxed well again, and many historic performances from Burns, the defeat time Alex Arthur in that blockbuster, the great win against Kevin Mitchell, more recently, pushing unbeaten Texan Omar Figueroa close, losing a close decision to Dejan Zlaticanin, he has had a rollarcoaster career.

I think Anthony Crolla will win this one, I think he is the fresher of the two, he's a few years younger than Burns, I think if fighting at 135 will benefit anyone, it will be Crolla. This is a very interesting fight, I think both have fantastic engines, both have great chins, maybe Burns slightly tougher in that department, both, with the same heart, same courage, same determination, both can fight on the inside, Crolla, maybe the better inside fighter. I think Crolla is the heavier handed, Burns, better jab maybe, Crolla, the better pressure fighter, Burns, the better boxer/mover, both have great variety, it is hard to say who is better in this department, I think Burns may be the slightly defensively stronger fighter of the two, while Crolla, maybe, the slightly better all round offensive fighter, I think he is definitely better at switching from head to body, and as Darleys Perez and Ismael Barroso learned, a body shot from Crolla, is not something you want to concede.

I think Burns will take the lead after 6 rounds, I think most will have scored it 4-2 in his favour, I think it will be fascinating, competitive from the start, and Crolla, more than in the fight in the first half, but Burns, the busier, the more illusive, more accurate in the first few rounds. I think from round 1, Crolla will have been trying to walk down Burns, relentlessly pressuring him, throwing hard shots, punches in bunches when he commits, but I think he will find little accuracy, in the first 4 rounds, and won't be consistently active throughout the rounds. I think Crolla will have had a good 6th round, landing a few good shots clean on Burns chin, Burns, not hurt, but looking like less resistant to punches than he has in the past. I think an early weapon for Crolla will be the jab to the body, no this will knock a lot of steam out of Burns if he takes a lot of them in the early rounds as Crolla commits with his aggression.

I think rounds 7-9 will be all Crolla on pretty much all unofficial cards, as Burns's feet start to slow down in round 7, Crolla manages to get more ground, and close the distance, so he can commit with shots more often, and when he lets his hands go, I think Burns will take punishment, sometimes bullied along the ropes, and the shots from Crolla will knock more and more out of the Scottish warrior, until round 9 when he stays on the ropes, not moving for most of the round, trying to move, but Crolla, not letting him move off, repeatedly pinning him down with vicious hooks to the body, and switching with uppercuts and over hand shots to the head. I think Burns will stand up to everything, stay on his feet, and during his torrid minutes, try to fight back, catch Crolla with shots that let him know he isn't done. I think Crolla will have put an awful lot into round 9, and Tony Sims will tell Burns to step on the gas, win the next round for the sake of his career, and in round 10, Burns will take as much advantage as he can of a not quite relentless Anthony Crolla taking his foot off the gas just slightly for the first half of the round, and he'll throw every shot he can, land with a lot of clean shots, out work, and have the better of Crolla for the first 2 minutes, with Crolla coming in strong in the last minute, possibly taking the round off Burns, I think Burns will find it in the tank to move like he did earlier in the fight in round 11, but still pick up where he left off in round 10, in a close high tempo round, Crolla, doing what he did earlier in the fight, just more active, having more success. I think both will fight their hearts out in round 12, inside fighting for the most part, maybe a bit of a slugfest, as the final 60 seconds go by, Crolla, finding the extra gas in the tank, landing more shots, landing with the harder shots, finishing the stronger the of the two.

I think Anthony Crolla will be awarded a split decision, 113-115, 115-113, 116-112, getting the victory, in front of many entertained fans, leaving Ricky Burns disappointed, but proud, and rightly so, not being short of ever increased popularity and applause himself, with the two sportsmen showing each other a lot of respect.

I wonder if maybe Burns may consider retirement after this fight if he loses, and Crolla, if he wins, could Hearn maybe talk with Warren, and get Crolla a WBO title opportunity against Terry Flanagan?

adamjo260's picture

needed 15 rounds this one!!

Champion97's picture

What a great fight!
An interesting fight as well as an entertaining one!
Great win for Anthony Crolla!
What a warrior is Ricky Burns! He did great!
I hope the rematch happens.

Champion97's picture

I thought this was a close one, Crolla won, but what grit, skill, fitness, desire from Burns! Great guys, both of them, the sort of sportsmen every parent wants their son to look up to!