In a fight that is sure to bring fireworks, lightweight John Murray (33-2, 20 KO’s) will be fighting Anthony Crolla (27-4-1, 10 KO’s) tonight in a scheduled 10 round bout at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom. A win for either of these fighters will lead to them getting a big fight against Ricky Burns, a former two division world champion.
Crolla has a four-fight winning streak after losing to Gary Sykes and Derry Mathews in 2012. He’s since beaten Kieran Farrell, Mathews, Stephen Foster and Gavin Rees.
Murray has the power advantage in this fight, and he seems to have turned his career around after a splendid 2nd round knockout win over super featherweight John Simpson last March. Murray had the size advantage over Simpson, who moved up in weight to take the fight. But it was Murray’s powerful body punching that made the difference in this fight, as he attacked Simpson’s body from the get go and had him down three separate times in the 2nd round before referee Victor Loughlin mercifully halted the bout at 2:58 of the round.
In his fight before that, Murray defeated little known Michael Escobar in stopping him in the 4th round last November. Murray’s career appeared to be on the verge of collapse after he suffered back to back stoppage losses to Brandon Rios and Kevin Mitchell in 2011. This caused Murray to have some serious soul searching about his career with him taking 2012 off while recharging his batteries for a comeback in 2013.
Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn wants Burns to fight the winner of this fight in a world title eliminator. There’s no doubt that Burns will be fighting the winner of the fight, but the only thing that remains to be seen is whether Hearn can work out a deal with the World Boxing Council to make the fight a WBC lightweight title eliminator bout.