Exclusive: Crolla v Barroso UK clash on track for April / May

Cliff Mass / Lawrence Lustig

Interim WBA lightweight champion Ismael Barroso’s promoter Greg Cohen has informed WBN that talks regarding a fight with Anthony Crolla are going well.

Hard-hitting Venezuelan Barroso is stipulated to challenge Crolla for the full title on the back of his stoppage victory over Kevin Mitchell last December and Cohen is convinced a deal can be struck imminently.

“My discussions with Eddie Hearn are ongoing. The good news is that both sides want to make a deal and both fighters are very confident that they will be victorious,” Cohen exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Mid-April and early May dates have been discussed, and it is my hope that we will reach a firm agreement over the next week.

“When dealing with Eddie and Matchroom, they are very straight honorable people, who tell it like it is, which makes it not only easier to make a deal, but the overall experience is pleasant and professional.”

On the fight itself, Cohen added: “I am really looking forward to this fight, the styles of Crolla and Barroso are so contrasting and I believe it will make for a very interesting and entertaining fight.

Regarding the venue for the bout, Cohen said this was yet to be fully decided, but that it would take place on British soil.

Crolla won the title with an excellent stoppage victory over Darleys Perez in November at Manchester Arena, with the smart money being laid out on the fight ending up at the same venue to give the champion home advantage.