Welcome to Fightful's live coverage of Anthony Crolla vs. Ricky Burns. Two former world champions engage in a last-gasp fight to remain in title contention. The loser could potentially be staring at the end of his career.
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Here is the televised main card (2 p.m. ET: AWE TV in the U.S./ Sky Sports in the U.K.):
- Anthony Crolla defeats Ricky Burns via unanimous decision (116-113, 117-112, 116-114)
- Conor Benn defeated Nathan Clarke via TKO, round 1
- Mohamed Mimoune defeated Sam Eggington via split decision (116-112, 112-116, 115-113) to win the European Welterweight Title
- Lewis Ritson defeated Robbie Barrett via TKO, round 7, to win the British Lightweight Title
- Hosea Burton defeated Ratu Latianara via TKO, round 1
- Scott Cardle defeated Lee Connelly via PTS (59-56)
Here is the untelevised undercard:
- Gavin McDonnell defeated Jozsef Ajtai via KO, round 1
- Charlie Flynn defeated Liam Richards via PTS
- Sam Hyde defeated Gheorghe Danut via PTS (58-55)
- Marcus Morrison defeated Mariusz Biskupski via TKO, round 4
- Jake Haigh defeated Anthony Fox via PTS (40-36)
- Joe Ham defeated Jose Aguilar via PTS (60-54)
Scott Cardle vs. Lee Connelly: Lightweight Bout: Cardle looked good in this fight and Connelly relied on defense throughout the early portion of the fight. Cardle begins the fight dominating by using the right hook, pressuring Connelly to the ropes numerous times. Cardle has a solid jab, which helped in taking Connelly out of rhythm at numerous times in the fight. This was the type of confidence-boosting win that Cardle needs, but it should be noted that Connelly did come into the fight with a 7-23-3 record. The fight wasn't really competitive for the most part.
Official result: Scott Cardle defeated Lee Connelly via PTS (59-56)
Hosea Burton vs. Ratu Latianara: Light Heavyweight Bout: This fight was a joke. Burton knocked down Latianara 40 seconds into the first round. Burton then knocks Latianata back down seconds after he gets back up from the first knockdown. The referee stopped the fight late in the round. Not much to see here.
Official result: Hosea Burton defeated Ratu Latianara via TKO, round 1
Robbie Barrett (c) vs. Lewis Ritson: British Lightweight Title Bout: The fight itself was a pretty good one, best of the televised card so far, given that it was mostly one-sided. Barrett got some early offense, but for the majority of the fight, it was more Barrett dominating the fight. Barrett was performing well when he was the aggressor and in the center of the ring, but Ritson's footwork helped escape from danger at various parts. Ritson started to get some confidence beginning in the fifth round and it translated to a knockdown in the sixth round, which was Ritson's best round of the fight. Ritson's body shots started to affect Barrett greatly, especially in the middle rounds and Barrett started to play more defense as the fight got deeper. Barrett landed a hard counter left body hook on Ritson, which ended the fight right there. Barrett's title reign, and 11-fight win streak, is over.
Official result: Lewis Ritson defeated Robbie Barrett via TKO, round 7, to win the British Lightweight Title
Sam Eggington (c) vs. Mohamed Mimoune: European Welterweight Title Bout: Mimoune brought the fight to Eggington to start the bout. A few rounds into the fight, Eggington starts to back up Mimoune on the ropes and work the body at times, but doesn't follow up on some of the combinations Eggington is throwing. Eggington started to get a lot of momentum starting at the end of the fourth round because Eggington is pressuring Mimoune and landing cleaner punches. Those punches are also starting split through Mimoune's defense, but it is not like Mimoune started to throw way less punches. Mimoune got a couple of rounds late in the fight to make it a much closer fight in the cards.
The U.S. stream of the fight went down in round 10. In the 11th round, Eggington goes back to pressuring Mimoune into the ropes, but Mimoune defended against Eggington's pressure relatively well. Eggington's face got pretty battered and bruised throughout the course of the fight, but has shown a lot of toughness in not slowing down pretty much at any point of the fight. Eggington did look a bit sluggish at times, but not terrible. Mimoune looked great in the second half of the fight, not allowing Eggington's pressure to affect him much. Mimoune was a heavy underdog coming into this fight and it did look like he would just be Eggington's fifth straight opponent to get knocked out. I had Mimoune up 115-113.
Official result: Mohamed Mimoune defeated Sam Eggington via split decision (116-112, 112-116, 115-113) to win the European Welterweight Title
Conor Benn vs. Nathan Clarke: Welterweight Fight: If you saw the Burton vs. Latianara fight, then you pretty much saw this one. Benn knocked down Clarke early in the first round and followed up with a second knowckdown seconds later, only for the referee to stop the fight late in the round. Benn picks up his ninth pro win and seventh pro knockout win.
Official result: Conor Benn defeated Nathan Clarke via TKO, round 1
Anthony Crolla vs. Ricky Burns: Lightweight Bout
Round 1: Burns begins with a jab, followed by two more. Crolla lands a body jab, but then Burns bounces back by applying pressure to Crolla with the jab. Crolla throws a couple of jabs. Neither man has land a solid punch in the first 90 seconds of the fight. Both boxers exchange short hooks, both of which land on each opponent. Burns keeps applying the jab to Crolla and Crolla's face is turning red. Both men clinch to end the round.
Fightful scored round 1 for Burns 10-9
Round 2: Crolla lands a good three-punch combo to Burns' body. Crolla is now pressuring Burns to the ropes almost with his jab, followed by a body hook. Crolla is switching up his pinches and Burns can't seem to defend and counterpunch like this. Burns throws three jabs, but Burns blocks them. Crolla throws another few body shots, but Burns keeps attacking as well as he could.
Fightful scored round 2 for Crolla 10-9
Round 3: Burns begins the round by sticking and moving. Burns lands a body punch and then immediately moves back. Crolla is back to throwing jabs, but now Burns is more prone to answer back any punch Crolla throws. Both men throw an uppercut, but miss. Crolla and Burns clinch and then Crolla nearly hits Burns in the back of his head. Crolla continues to mount the pressure to Burns, who is starting to feel overwhelmed by Crolla's pressure. Burns refuses to give up, throwing several punches, but they mostly miss.
Fightful scored round 3 for Crolla 10-9
Round 4: Crolla is now throwing more punches to Burns' body, but Burns is not backing down much. Burns misses with the right hook and Crolla tags him with the left body hook. Crolla takes the fight up closes and unleashes a flurry of body shots to Burns. Crolla throws a right jab, but misses. Burns then goes back to pressuring Crolla with the jab, similarly to how he did it in the first round.
Fightful scored round 4 for Crolla 10-9
Round 5: The round starts with both fighters throwing close, but hard body punches. Burns throws a lead right, but Crolla ducks under it. Crolla lands a couple of left jabs that split through Burns' defense. Crolla is chipping away at Burns with even more body punches. Crolla lands a right body hook and Crolla is starting to heat up. Burns is looking like he's one step behind the more intense Crolla. Crolla continues to mix up his punches, catching Burns off guard numerous times. This probably is Crolla's best round so far.
Fightful scored round 5 for Crolla 10-9
Round 6: Crolla continues to attack Burns, but Burns is now attacking Crolla's body. Crolla lands a couple of uppercuts to Burns' chin. Burns tries to push Crolla to the ropes, but Crolla nearly has Burns in a choke hold. Burns continues to pressure Crolla to the ropes and gets a couple of solid punches in before Crolla moves back to the center of the ring. Burns is now using the jab effectively and defending well against Crolla's punches.
Figtful scored round 6 for Crolla 10-9
Round 7: Burns and Crolla trade blows to start the round. Crolla now moves in closer to Burns and attacks Burns' ribs with several body punches. The rest of the round mainly dealt with both men trading body punches with Crolla landing more shots. Burns did get a really hard body shot in late in the round, but not enough to knock down Crolla.
Fightful scored round 7 for Crolla 10-9
Round 8: Crolla moves the fight upstairs as Crolla lands a hard jab. Burns is starting to get some momentum by throwing jabs and pressuring Crolla to the ropes. Crolla then reverses his position and has Burns on the ropes for a second. Burns is back on offense for a quick second before Crolla is back in charge. Burns has Crolla on the ropes, landing several good shots, but none of them really land cleanly on Crolla. Burns has been picking himself back up i the last couple of rounds and has looked better.
Fightful scored round 8 for Burns 10-9
Round 9: Crolla keeps the attack while Burns' intensity is at his level. Burns lands a pretty good right body hook. The two spend almost a minute going in and out of the clinch. Crolla lands a good jab to Burns' chin. The two men trade blows for the remainder of the round.
Fightful scored round 9 at an even 10-10
Round 10: Both men trade blows from the getgo. Burns lands more body blows to Crolla and follows them up with several uppercuts to Burns. It looks like this fight will go the distance, but Crolla is starting to run away with this fight like he did in the first half of the fight. Crolla lands another body shot, but Burns returns the favors with some hard punches of his own.
Fightful scored round 10 for Crolla 10-9
Round 11: Crolla lands a right hook, followed by several hard punches that land upstairs. Crolla keeps attacking Burns to the body and is pressuring Burns to the ropes, pushing the body attack to him. Crolla is having his best round in a while. Crolla continues to pummel away at Burns, but Burns ends the round strong with several body punches and a good jab.
Fightful scored round 11 at an even 10-10
Round 12: Crolla and Burns trade shots once more. Both men keep attacking the body and Crolla keeps landing hard shots at Burns. Burns lands some good shots upstairs. Crolla lands another hard body shot to Burns. The fight ends with both men chipping away at each other.
Figtful scored round 12 at an even 10-10, making it 118-113 for Crolla
Official result: Anthony Crolla defeats Ricky Burns via unanimous decision (116-113, 117-112, 116-114)