Rock Crolla

Burns eyes Bat­tle of Bri­tain bout

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Mark Pirie

Ricky Burns is set to take on An­thony Crolla in a huge ‘Bat­tle of Bri­tain’ bout later this year.

The Coat­bridge su­per- light­weight has been pro­vi­sion­ally booked to fight at the Manch­ester Arena on Oc­to­ber 7 — how­ever the fi­nal de­tails are still to be ironed out ac­cord­ing to man­ager Alex Mor­ri­son. Mor­ri­son be­lieves that Crolla will move up a weight di­vi­sion to fight Scot­land’s only three-weight champ, and added that Burns is al­ready train­ing for the fight. For­mer WBA light­weight cham­pion Crolla hasn’t been back in the ring since los­ing to Jorge Linares in March. The news comes as Scot­tish Com­mon­wealth cham­pion Josh Tay­lor called out Burns, who was at ring­side per­form­ing com­men­tary du­ties dur­ing his win over Ohara Davies. How­ever, Mor­ri­son be­lieves Crolla is “where the money is” right now. He con­tin­ued: “Ricky will fight any­one, and if the money is right he would take on Josh Tay­lor. “I though Ohara Davies was very dis­ap­point­ing. “He didn’t re­ally of­fer any­thing, but Josh Tay­lor did look good. “He has a big fu­ture in Scot­tish box­ing and that’s ex­cit­ing to see, but right now Ricky’s fo­cus is on Crolla be­cause that’s the next one in the di­ary.“He con­tin­ued: “Crolla gives Ricky a re­ally ex­cit­ing fight. A lot of fans wanted to see that. “He is train­ing for the fight. Even if we can’t fi­nalise some­thing with Crolla, Ricky will have a fight in Oc­to­ber some­where. “If it’s in Manch­ester, Ricky will take a huge sup­port.” This will be the first time Burns will have step­ping in the ring since April af­ter fail­ing in his bid to be­come undis­puted best su­per light­weight in the world. Burns lost his WBA su­per light­weight crown to IBF and IBO holder Julius In­dongo in April. De­spite a dif­fi­cult few weeks fol­low­ing the points de­ci­sion, Mor­ri­son says Burns is in the right frame of mind. “It was hard for Ricky to get straight back into it af­ter the In­dongo fight,” said Mor­ri­son. “It was a tough night for him, but he is a cheer­ful guy and just loves box­ing. “He is up­beat and just look­ing ahead to his next big fight.”

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