News | Oct 08 2017

Boxing results: Anthony Crolla beats Ricky Burns by unanimous decision in Manchester

Ricky Burns claims he deserved the decision against Anthony Crolla
Anthony Crolla
Anthony Crolla vs Ricky Burns  |  Action Images/Lee Smith

ANTHONY CROLLA came away victorious as he edged out domestic rival Ricky Burns by unanimous decision in their lightweight bout.

Both fighters came into the fight on the back of defeats, with Crolla losing back-to-back WBA title fights with Venezuela’s Jorge Linares while Burns surrendered his WBA light-welterweight belt to Namibian Julius Indongo in April, but produced an absorbing battle at Manchester Arena.

Crolla was the brighter of the two fighters in the early exchanges but 34-year-old Burns worked his way into the bout as they counter-punched each other throughout the 12 rounds in a engaging tactical contest which could have gone either way.