Two British idols and former World Boxing Association (WBA) champions promise to shake up Manchester on October 7th. The city’s arena will host the Lightweight division bout between Scottish Ricky Burns and local Anthony Crolla, who will have a lot at stake when they go in the ring.
Crolla and Burns have been champions of the body recently and will fight in the Lightweight division with the intention to earn another opportunity to fight for the World belt.
Crolla won the Lightweight title in November 2015 after defeating Colombian Darleys Perez by knockout. He defended his crown successfully against the Venezuelan Ismael Barroso in May 2016, but was dethroned by the current champion, Jorge Linares, in September of the same year. Crolla had a rematch against Linares and was defeated again.
Burns, meanwhile, became Super Lightweight Champion in May 2015 with a win over Italian Michele Di Rocco, and defended the championship against Belarusian Kiryl Relikh in Glasgow in October last year, but his reign ended in April, when he was defeated by Julius Indongo.
Crolla has a record of 31 wins, 6 losses, 3 draws and 13 knockouts, while Burns has a balance of 41 wins, 6 losses, 1 draw and 14 knockouts.