News | Feb 16 2016

Anthony Crolla likely to defend world title against Ismael Barroso

Anthony Crolla could return to action on May 7
Anthony Crolla
Anthony-Crolla  |  Action Images/Carl Recine

WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla could defend against Ismael Barroso on May 7.

Crolla won the world title with a spectacular knockout of Darleys Perez. Venezuelan Barroso secured his position in December when he halted Kevin Mitchell, who has subsequently retired.

“Ismael Barroso is an option, as is [WBC champion] Jorge Linares, until he broke his hand,” Crolla’s trainer Joe Gallagher told Boxing News. “From what I’ve seen [of Barroso] he’s not a bad fighter. I’ve looked at [Dejan] Zlaticanin. Zlaticanin’s a powerful, little southpaw, that was possibly an option as well.

“Anthony’s world champion. When you’re world champion come one come all. That’s who you’ve got to fight.”

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