Boxing news: Crolla gets rematch, Joshua praised by Klitschko, Khan – Brook for 2016 showdown
Anthony Crolla earlier this month lost out on a lightweight world title against Darleys Perez, in what many thought to be a clear Crolla victory – only for the fight to be ruled a draw.
The fight was close and competitive, that fact cannot be contended, but Crolla, 28, looked to have done enough to clinch the fight, while Perez, 31, was penalised twice for low blows.
It appeared to be a concluded Crolla win; then came the semi-shocking announcement of a majority draw.
One judge scored it five rounds in favour of Crolla, but the two other judges saw the fight even, meaning Perez kept his WBA world title.
Following the suspect decision, the WBA’s vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza ordered a full and thorough review.
The WBA has now ordered a rematch, and Eddie Hearns, Crolla’s promoter, hopes for the fight to take place in Crolla’s Manchester hometown.
The disappointment after the draw was clear enough, especially considering Crolla was in a comeback fight after a lengthy layoff, due to head injuries after chasing down two burglars in his hometown, where he was awarded with a cracked skull for his bravery.
Such is the fickle nature of karma, the extremely likeable and popular Mancunian boxer appeared to have been handed two blows for his emphatic efforts both in and out the ring.
Hearns, told Sky Sports: “There wasn’t one person in the arena that scored the fight for Darleys Pérez or even scored the fight for the draw. The two point deductions during the fight in Anthony Crolla’s favour made it a clear victory for him.
Crolla, ever the optimist, said: “Not getting that decision was hard to take, but I was so grateful to even be part of such a great night,”
“Now I get another chance and I’m more determined than ever.”
Klitschko: Joshua is best heavyweight prospect in 25 years
The dominant heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko reckons Briton Anthony Joshua – who won Olympic gold in 2012 – is the most promising heavyweight boxer he’s set eyes on in 25 years.
Few prospect boxers can claim the such praise, and considering the Ukranian Klitschko has not lost a fight in 11 years, it must surely stand for something – he’s seen it all before.
Joshua, 25, is 13 fights into his pro career and has not lost a bout, winning all of his fights inside the distance and doing so with a combination of skill, controlled aggression, and raw power.
Klitschko also told BBC Radio 5 live that he “could not exclude” the fact that he and Joshua may square off in the future.
“He needs to improve and eventually it will happen, if I stay where I am today.” Klitschko told BBC Radio 5 live.
“You cannot pass me since I’ve been holding the titles for many years, so if you want to get onto my mountain then you will have to face me.”
Joshua is set to fight fellow unbeaten heavyweight Gary Cornish on September 12, saying he plans ‘a boxing masterclass’ when they meet for the Commonwealth title.
This fight, while it poses new risks for Joshua, should only go one way – a Joshua KO victory before the 4th round.
Khan – Brook could happen in 2016
If there’s one fight the British public are crying out to see, it’s the domestic dust-up hopefully for a world title between two of its best boxers: Amir Khan and Kell Brook.
Offers have been made before, only for Khan – by far the more experienced fighter of the two at top level – to refute Eddie Hearns’ spoils.
“Eddie sent me a text and I invited him to Bolton,” Khan told The National.
“We had a meeting at my office and we discussed everything for a potential fight against Brook in 2016.”
Khan has maintained the status that he wants Brook’s reputation to grow before the pair meet man-to-man in a boxing ring, enough so that the fight would gather enough interest outside of the UK.
The Bolton man has a right to this, as he’s been in more high profile fights and has forged a reputation in the US, whereas Brook is relatively new to the top level, boxing only once in America, where he won his world title from Shawn Porter over 12 rounds.
Khan made the terms clear to Hearn. He wants a worldwide fight, and he want a co-promotion.
“I told him [Hearns] Kell needs to fight a couple of big names and beat them, obviously. That will make our fight even bigger.
“The fight will be a Khan Promotions and Matchroom Promotions event in the UK, at Wembley Stadium.”
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