Million Dollar Outworks Rickster

By Robert Ecksel on October 7, 2017
Million Dollar Outworks Rickster
“I’d trained hard. I believed I could win. I gave it my best shot, but it wasn’t good enough.”

Fighting out of the blue corner in black trunks trimmed in gold, Anthony Crolla was like a fine-tuned machine…

Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom, former WBA lightweight champion Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla (32-6-3, 13 KOs), the Fighting Pride of Manchester, outworked former three-division champion Ricky Burns (41-7-1, 14 KOs), the rugged veteran from Coatbridge, Scotland, to win a unanimous decision after 12 give-and-take rounds.

The final scores were 116-114, 116-113, and 117-112.

Fighting out of the blue corner in black trunks trimmed in gold, Crolla was like a fine-tuned machine. Using his spring in his legs and the familiar comfort of the ring to good effect, he was the better man tonight, especially as the rounds progressed, and his age, a young 30 to the aging 34-year-old opposite him, was a factor in the final verdict.

Burns, fighting out of the red corner in red, white, and blue, has been fighting professionally for 16 years and it has started to show. He is still a fine fighter with some good fights still to come. But Burns is on the downside and the defeat to Crolla, however close on the scorecards, was his fifth in 10 fights, dating back to the 2014 shellacking at the hands of Terence Crawford.

The end, if not near, is fast approaching.

“I’d trained hard and I believed I could win,” said Burns after the bout. “I gave it my best shot, but it wasn’t good enough.

“I wish Anthony all the best and he’s a great fighter.”

The courtesy outside the ring echoed the courtesy inside the ring during the fight. The respect is mutual, genuine, and much deserved.

“I’m so happy to win for these great fans,” said Crolla, who bounced back from his two recent losses to Jorge Linares. But he never lost hope. Neither did his fans in Manchester.

“They’ve kept supporting me through everything and I hope I’ve done them and Manchester proud.

“I thought I had done enough, but he kept on coming. Ricky Burns is a great fighter with a big heart. He gave me a very tough fight.”

It was an excellent fight and a rematch can’t be far behind.

“I’ve also got no problem in going to Glasgow for a rematch,” said Crolla.

That’s good news to those who caught the Sky Sports broadcast stateside on AWE TV.

It must sound good to the Glaswegians as well.

“I thought I done enough to edge it,” said Burns. “I would love to do it again.”

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