Anthony Crolla vs. Ismael Barroso

By Boxing News on January 25, 2016
Anthony Crolla vs. Ismael Barroso
Crolla won the title last November by knocking out Darleys Perez. (David Thompson/Getty)

The WBA has ordered lightweight champion Anthony Crolla to defend his title against interim lightweight titleholder Ismael Barroso…

The World Boxing Association has ordered WBA World lightweight champion Anthony Crolla (30-4-3, 12 KOs) must defend his title against interim WBA World lightweight titleholder Ismael Barroso (19-0-2, 18 KOs) before April 12.

“The parties have 30 days to reach an agreement or the fight will be called to purse bids,” reads a WBA statement. “Both parties were duly notified and are presumed to know the rules of the World Boxing Association.”

Twenty-nine-year-old Crolla fights out of Manchester. He is a 10-year pro who won the title last November by knocking out Darleys Perez in the fifth. “Million Dollar” hasn’t lost since October 2012, beaten by Gary Sykes via split decision. Cement-chinned, he’s only been stopped by Derry Mathews, who won by sixth-round TKO in April that year.

His mandatory challenger, who’ll turn 33 on January 27, is an 11-year ring vet. An undefeated power-puncher, the Venezuelan southpaw won the interim title last December by stopping Kevin Mitchell via fifth-round TKO.

“A very dangerous fight,” according to Crolla promoter Eddie Hearn. But should Crolla succeed in defending his title against Barroso, it would be followed by a unification bout with WBC World lightweight champ Jorge Linares (40-3, 27 KOs), who won the vacant title by knocking out Javier Prieto in the fourth in December 2014.

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  1. nicolas 01:52pm, 01/30/2016

    Well how does the WBA figure these things out. I am all for this match, as having two champs in one division, but in one organization is ridiculous, and as noticed with the WBA, three. One should also ask the WBA, how come this fight is being called, but they have never said that Chagaev should fight Ortiz, or Braehmer against Valera, Golovkin-Jacobs, or that other fighter from Venezuela who is also WBA interim champ. there is no logic, and the list goes on and on. Maybe you have to be their so-called Super champion.

  2. The Tache 05:26am, 01/26/2016

    Good luck to Crolla who seems to be one of the sport’s good guys.
    But I had to laugh at the statement from the WBA about both parties being assumed to know the rules of the WBA. Which rules are those, yesterday’s rules, today’s rules, tomorrow’s rules?
    The first rule of the WBA is noone knows the rules of the WBA.
    The second rule of the WBA etc, etc

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