Ricky Burns welcomes offer of fight with Anthony Crolla
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 12/07/17 3:17pm
Ricky Burns says he "agreed straight away" to face Anthony Crolla and hopes the British battle will go ahead this year.
The Scot revealed earlier this month that he welcomed the offer of a domestic clash with Crolla, who is also part of Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing stable.
And Burns is happy to fight in Glasgow or even Crolla's hometown as he waits to find out whether the Mancunian will accept the bout.
"When the Anthony Crolla fight was offered, I agreed straight away," Burns told Sky Sports. "Obviously the two of us are in the same position, we're just coming back off losses, two former world champions.
"There has been talk about this fight before. I think this is a fight that the fans have been asking for as well because it was meant to have happened for a while.
"The two of us, people know what they are going to get. Two quiet guys that just get on with things, but the two of us like a fight. Manchester or Glasgow, I'm happy, and the fans are in for a good night if it does happen."
The Coatbridge man lost his WBA super-lightweight belt on points in an April unification battle with Julius Indongo and admits defeat could deny him the opportunity to regain a world title.
"I have spoken to [trainer] Tony [Sims] and we know the risks," said Burns. "We know it would be a hard fight as well, but I've always said I would fight anyone and let's do it."
Burns was ringside to watch his gym-mate Ohara Davies suffer a stoppage defeat to Josh Taylor at the weekend, but admits a long-awaited meeting with Crolla is a more preferable option than a fight against his fellow Scot.
"You've got Josh Taylor, who has just beat Ohara. They are keen for the fight as well," said Burns, who has also attracted interest for a fight in America.
"For me personally, I would say Crolla is the biggest fight. Both of us former world champions looking to get back into title contention.
"It's been talked about for the last couple of years and would be a big fight for British boxing."