On April 19 Manchester goes to war with Anthony Crolla and John Murray entering the ring. Both men are from Manchester and this adds rivalry and intensity to what is going to be a fantastic fight.
Anthony 'Million Dollar' Crolla aged 27 is a man on the rise in the sport in recent years with impressive performances against the likes of Derry Mathews and Gavin Rees.
Crolla is a technically good fighter who has shown that he can fight his natural instincts to scrap and instead stick to a smart game-plan and out-box his opponent. Crolla showed this best against former world champion Gavin Rees last year.
John Murray aged 29 is a former stablemate of Crolla in the Joe Gallagher gym. The two have sparred countless rounds. Both men know each other well and their styles are bound to gel with Murray's come forward aggressive style and Crolla's tendency to stand and trade.
Murray is a man who had two years out of the ring following his defeat at the hands of Brandon Rios in his shot for the WBA lightweight title. Rios came into the fight over the weight which of course gave Murray a big disadvantage.
Murray was last seen in the ring against the tough John Simpson in March and destroyed him. Murray was much too strong for Simpson and the fight didn't even last two rounds. It was an impressive display for a man determined to get the credit that he feels he deserves.
There is a real intensity between the two fighters and with their fan friendly styles this is sure to be a brilliant fight for Manchester. The winner may well get a shot against the recently dethroned former WBO champion RIcky Burns in what would again be a brilliant domestic dust-up.
The lightweight scene in Britain is absolutely thriving with talent with the likes of Kevin Mitchell, Tommy Coyle, Luke Campbell, Gavin Rees, Gary Buckland, Derry Mathews and many more. There are so many good potential fights out there and we want to see these fights taking place.
You could put pretty much any of the top lightweights in Britain in with each other and there will be a fantastic fight.
In terms of picking a winner for Crolla v Murray it is extremely tough. Crolla will probably edge the win for me in a very close points decision. I think that he will soak up Murray's pressure early on before going on to out-box Murray in the later rounds.
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