Anthony Crolla: I've wanted Ricky Burns fight for a long time, tough road back for the loser

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On Saturday afternoon, October 7th, A pair of former world champions will collide as former lightweight world champion Anthony Crolla battles former three-division champion Ricky Burns in a scheduled 12-round lightweight clash at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, and will be broadcast LIVE & EXCLUSIVELY IN THE UNITED STATES on AWE- A Wealth of Entertainment.

The fight will also be available on www.klowdtv.com on the AWE Channel.

"This will be a terrific bout with both Anthony Crolla and Ricky Burns looking to make a statement and get back into title contention. These two champions are both itching to get their belts back so when they meet on October 7th, it will be a fight at the highest level and quality and we at AWE are ecstatic to be bringing this fight to the fans in the United States," said Charles Herring, President of AWE-- A Wealth of Entertainment.

Crolla, 30 years-old of Manchester, England has a record of 31-6-3 with 13 knockouts. He won the WBA Lightweight title when he thrilled his hometown fans by scoring a one-punch body shot knockout over Darleys Perez. Crolla defended the title with a hard-fought come from behind stoppage over Ismael Barroso.

He dropped the belt when he was on the short end of a unanimous decision to Jorge Linares. In his last bout, Crolla lost his 2nd straight unanimous decision to Linares in a rematch that took place on March 25th in Manchester.

'Million Dollar' is looking forward to the fight with anticipation of putting himself right back in the mix for a world title shot.

"All I want to do is be involved in big fights and Ricky Burns is a three weight World Champion, I've got a lot of respect for him," said Crolla. "He's a great fighter and only lost to the very best.

"I'm looking forward to going to battle and putting on a display for the fans.

"It's at a good time for both of us. A win puts us back in the mix for titles, I'm not going to say the loser has nowhere to go, but it's going to be a tough road back. We're both coming off losing our World Titles and the incentive is to win the fight and get back in the frame.

"I could have a tune up fight on the undercard of somewhere and an easier opponent to get me back into things and then a big fight after but I'm not interested in that.

"It's nearly happened before a good few times, a few years ago at Super-Featherweight and again at Lightweight. It's been talked about for years now. It looked like it wasn't going to happen but it's good now we're finally going to meet."

"I'm really happy the fight is in Manchester," said Crolla. "It's going to be one of the first shows since that horrible night with the bombings so it means an awful lot to go back. A lot of people have been asking me to come back to the Arena for my next fight. But if there's a rematch, I'll happily go to Glasgow.

"The 24 rounds with Linares puts me in good stead. They weren't fights where I took a serious beating with huge shots bouncing my head back. Other than the knockdown, I wasn't on wobbly legs. I enjoyed the experience. I made improvements in the build-up which I didn't get to show on the night which is a credit to Jorge.

"I've got nothing against Ricky, he's a good guy. But once that bell goes we'll both be willing to dig deep. I've wanted this for a long time, I can't wait."