Crolla: There's Still Fight In Me

United Kingdom fans are great, they support their fighters and I'm sure it will be a huge show here also.

Burns will look to add the IBF and IBO light-welterweight straps to the WBA title he already owns when he takes on Indongo in Scotland.

"If it has to get into a dogfight, I don't mind, whatever it might be".

And it appears Kazakh KO star Golovkin is delaying on agreeing to a unification scrap with the Brit Saunders as he mulls over whether to have two big fights at either end of the summer or just wait for the Alvarez fight in Las Vegas. Crolla, however, was in confident mood, saying: "I feel brilliant, I feel in a great place, not just physically but mentally". There's rising contender Luke Campbell, not to mention fellow Mancunian Terry Flanagan, who now carries the WBO strap. "I want to tell everyone in Manchester, Anthony Crolla has some big balls". "With notice I would certainly grow into that". The three-division champion controlled the action with his piston jab, and was able to touch Crolla to the body over and over. "I wouldn't rule out the option of moving up to fight the victor".

"I'm 30 years old, I'm going to rest, but I believe I can come again, rebuild and take it from there". That night he was still the better man but Crolla had more success in a closer fight.

Garcia, the undefeated WBC lightweight champ who is coming off a thunderous knockout of previously undefeated champion Dejan Zlaticanin in January, has been tabbed as a guest analyst by Showtime, which will air the Linares-Crolla fight in the US starting at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Hearn said: "Ricky Burns could unify the division on 15 April".

But it was Linares who landed the more eye-catching punches in the closing stages and deservedly walked away with his second unanimous points decision over Crolla.

Crolla, who revealed he was troubled by a rib injury from the fourth round onwards, was repeatedly stung by the champion's blurring hand speed which allowed him to land power combinations and counters nearly at will.

Unlike the first fight last September, which featured alternating shifts of momentum, Linares controlled distance throughout and avoided getting caught by anything Crolla (31-6-3, 13 KOs) could muster. I came up short last time, there wasn't loads in it, but I came up short.

"His movement was very good, his variety too". I think this will be a faster-paced fight, and I'm ready for whatever comes.

"There're going to be times in the fight where I might have to weather a storm and I've got to bite down on that gumshield but that's something I'm willing to do, I'm willing to dig deeper than ever before".

  • Salvatore Jensen