By Doug Fischer
Anthony Crolla bounced back from back-to-back losses to Jorge Linares with a unanimous decision over fellow veteran Ricky Burns on Saturday in Manchester, England.
Crolla (32-6-3, 13 knockouts) was the busier and more aggressive fighter during the brisk, nip-and-tuck 12-round bout and his forward-marching offense was rewarded by the judges who scored it 116-113, 117-112 and 116-114 for the 30-year-old former WBA lightweight titleholder who was fighting in his hometown.
However, the fight was close throughout (much closer than the 117-112 tally wold indicate) and Burns (41-7-1, 14 KOs) had many moments by landing sharp jabs, one-two combinations, and the occasional uppercut (one of which bloodied Crolla’s nose in Round 7), especially over the second half of the bout.
But the grinding body work that Crolla displayed when the two friendly foes engaged in close enabled THE RING’s No. 9-rated lightweight to nick most of the close rounds of the competitive fight.
All full ringside report from U.K. editor Tom Gray will be posted later.
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Source:: The Ring – Boxing