Long-time promoter Frank Warren didn’t hold back in the latest edition of his Queensberry Promotions column.
Speaking about Anthony Crolla’s devastating loss to Vasyl Lomachenko, Warren aired his honest views on the Manchester man’s knockout.
Crolla was dropped on more than one occasion by the pound for pound king. The ending was crushing in a one-sided reverse.
Warren has since questioned the point of taking the fight in the first place.
“In the space of a week, two British fighters will have come up against the very best in the pound-for-pound business over in the States,” said Warren in pointing out the fact Crolla faced Lomachenko and Amir Khan battles Terence Crawford on Saturday.
“Last weekend played out in a sadly predictable fashion. The very likeable Anthony Crolla took a mauling at the hands of the remarkable Vasiliy Lomachenko.
“It didn’t make for pleasant viewing. Anyone who has even the remotest knowledge of boxing knew how that one would go.
“Nobody is being an after-timer. I just hope Anthony got extremely well paid for that fight.
“For me, whatever he got paid, can’t be enough. A beating such as that can come back to haunt you.
“It was not a winnable fight and it was one that he lost as soon as he signed the contract,” he added.
Since the defeat, Crolla has questioned whether he will continue on with another fight. Retirement is entirely possible for ‘Million Dollar’.
Most fans won’t want the former world champion going out like that, though. Hopefully, Crolla will at least have a homecoming against another UK contender in order to go out on a high.
Prior to the Lomachenko stoppage, Crolla was riding a three-fight winning streak and could still be in the world title hunt with a victory over the coming months.
Whether that will be at 135 or 140 pounds remains to be seen.
Read more from Frank Warren’s latest column HERE