Anthony Crolla earns hard-fought win over Ricky Burns
In an entertaining, if not scrappy, fight in the Manchester Arena on Saturday, Anthony ‘Million Dolla’ Crolla out-pointed Ricky Burns for a unanimous decision (116-113, 116-114, 117-112). The fight was billed as a career-ender for the defeated fighter, and the desperation to win was clear from both men.
Burns gave everything he had in the tank, but at 34, couldn’t always hang with the younger, fresher Crolla. Despite that, Burns rallied in the second half of the fight, and took a few rounds in the process. The rounds were tough to score, but most observers agree that Crolla did enough in the end to take the win and continue on his road back to a world title shot.
“I thought I definitely did enough, but man, I knew how big this guy’s engine was. He just kept coming,” Crolla said. “I knew he wouldn’t tire. He gave me a very, very tough fight.”
Eubank Jr sends message via stunning KO in Germany
The fight that was viewed by many as the best of the first round fights in the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) ended up as the most one-sided of them all. Chris Eubank Jr destroyed Avni Yildirim in three rounds on Saturday, flashing once again his impressive hand speed.
Knocking his opponent down with a sweet uppercut in the first round, he showed some nice defensive work with his head movement, and ultimately finished the fight with a crisp left hook that should grab the attention of every fighter in the division, not only the tournament. However, Eubank still is yet to banish the demons of his loss against Billy Joe Saunders by beating a skilled boxer, but perhaps George Groves (providing he beats Jamie Cox this weekend) is the opponent for him to do so.
Sam Eggington suffers surprise loss
Just days after news surfaced that HBO could sign Sam Eggington onto their network, the Birmingham-born fighter lost his European welterweight title to the Frenchman Mohamed Mimoune on a split decision.
The scorecards were 116-112 and 115-113 for Mimoune, and 116-112 for Eggington. Only 23, Eggington could realistically bounce back and become a better fighter from this defeat, and may start with a rematch with Mimoune to win back his title.
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