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Crolla v Rees winner could get Burns

Gavin Rees Ricky BurnsBy Stevie Ocallaghan: According to the Manchester Evening Times, the winner from Anthony Crolla v Gavin Rees fight at the end of this month could be in line for a world title shot.
Both fighters have landed lucky here as it being a WBO International bout is mainly for guys ranked outside the top ten.


We know after Burns-Gonzalez fight, promoter Eddie Hearn was looking for a mandatory to see him through to the last fight on his three fight deal with Burns, but the winner of Crolla v Rees isn’t a match-up that would make a great fight.

Burns came through well against a very skillful and heavy hitting Gonzalez where as Rees, even though he was catching Broner, got blown away when the American got fed up playing. That’s the difference. Burns came through some tough times to arguably the biggest puncher in the division where as the weak hitting Rees couldn’t cope.

Rees got a lot of plaudits for making it to the fifth round, which I can’t understand, he got blown away, where as Ricky Burns hot slaughtered and he won. Just doesn’t make sense. If somebody like Gonzalez can’t KO Burns then Rees hoas no chance.

Anthony Crolla is a good and gutsy fighter. He easily out pointed another Scot a couple of years ago in a 12 round landslide victory over Willie Limond. A win that almost retired Limond, but he was shown up against Derry Mathews. I won’t take anything away from Mathews or Crolla as it was a superb domestic battle, but that was their level. British and possibly European. Unfortunately for me not good enough to step in the ring with a world champion.

A better fight for Burns would be, if he is going to stay fighting British fighters is Liam Walsh. Walsh is at a better level than Rees , Crolla and Mathews as he showed in fairly easily out pointing The tough as hell Scott Harrison. I think his speed could trouble Burns and make it a good fight, but one that Burns should come through

I think Crolla will beat Rees by points or very late stoppage as the 5’4″ Rees does tend to gas out, but I still ,think those guys are still only domestic fighters. Nothing at all to be ashamed of but fall short as regards to World level


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