Loma Contacted Crolla According To Gallagher
While it seems Jose Pedraza may have the inside track on a fight with Vasyl Lomachenko, Anthony Crolla may be next in line for a showdown with the WBA super lightweight champion.
“There was a possibility the Lomachenko fight could have been made,” Crolla’s trainer Joe Gallagher told Sky Sports.
“I had good people from inside Lomachenko’s camp contact me, expressing an interest in coming to Manchester for a fight, as they prepared for the unification with Ray Beltran.”
As of now, Jose Pedraza, who beat Ray Beltran over the weekend to unify the WBA and WBO lightweight title, will be the former Olympian’s opponent later this year. but Gallagher feels Crolla deserves the shot.
“Somebody has to fight Lomachenko. He’s searching for opponents,” Gallagher said. “So why not Crolla?
“Lomachenko wants to fight in the UK and Crolla brings 12,000-15,000 fans to the Manchester Arena. That’s the avenue we want to go down.”
Crolla bounced back from back-to-back losses to Jorge Linares, with two unanimous decision wins over Ricky Burns and Edson Ramirez, and Gallagher feels his fighter can stand toe to toe with one of the best fighters in the world.
“I got stick for suggesting Lomachenko for Crolla, but Callum Johnson is getting praise for fighting Artur Beterbiev,” Gallagher said. “We get criticised for losing the big fights sometimes, but my fighters want to test themselves against the best.”
“Crolla, when he beat Ismael Barroso, could have sat on that belt and had numerous defenses. But he wanted to test himself against Linares.
“We need a big fight for Anthony Crolla because he’s the forgotten man of British boxing.”
Initial Report: Sky Sports