Linares vs Crolla: Can Anthony Crolla do what David Haye, Tyson Fury, Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe achieved?
By Neel Khagram
Last Updated: 23/03/17 11:50am
Anthony Crolla will fight Jorge Linares again in the Manchester Arena, live on Sky Sports, for the champion's WBA, WBC 'Diamond' and prestigious Ring Magazine title at lightweight.
Since its inception in 1922, the holder of a Ring belt is widely recognised as the best fighter in their weight division and 'Million Dollar' - with the magazine's 2015 Trainer of the Year Joe Gallagher behind him - will be making his second attempt at acquiring this title having failed in the initial encounter in September.
We have selected some British fighters who have won the accolade...
Kostya Tszyu v Ricky Hatton - June 4, 2005
''Ricky Hatton shocks the world'' is a commentating line which will forever be associated in British boxing folklore as Kostya Tszyu retired on his stool at the end of the 11th round to catapult 'The Hitman' into the sport's top 10 pound-for-pound list.
Tszyu, the Ring Magazine champion was a formidable fighter and the first man in 35 years to unify the 140lbs division. However, Hatton would not be denied as his come forward aggressive style overwhelmed the Australian, forcing his corner to throw the towel in before the scheduled end.
Joe Calzaghe v Jeff Lacy - March 4, 2006
'Judgement Day' in Manchester pitted two undefeated world champions against each other as WBO holder Joe Calzaghe faced IBF titlist Jeff Lacy to decide the best super-middleweight in the world. The Ring Magazine title was vacant and would be awarded to the winner.
In truth, the fight was extremely one-sided as the Welshman produced a punch-perfect display which included knocking Lacy - who had been labelled as the 'new Mike Tyson' by American media - to the floor for the first time in his illustrious career in the last round. Calzaghe would go on to take the win via unanimous decision; 119-105, 119-107 and 119-107.
Jean-Marc Mormeck v David Haye - November 10, 2007
When David Haye made the short trip over to Paris to face unified cruiserweight and Ring Magazine champion Jean-Marc Mormeck, memories of his knockout loss to Carl Thompson three years earlier were still fresh in people's minds when Haye was sent to the canvas in round four and was in trouble.
However, the 'Hayemaker' from Bermondsey recovered and rallied - as we saw him do again against Tony Bellew at heavyweight - before unleashing a brutal right uppercut-jab-right hook combination and return the compliment to end the contest in the seventh to become undisputed champion at 200lbs.
Bernard Hopkins v Joe Calzaghe - April 19, 2008
The Thomas & Mack Centre in Las Vegas played host to two of boxing's future Hall of Famers as light-heavyweight Ring Magazine champion Bernard Hopkins put his title on the line against former super-middleweight king Joe Calzaghe in the ''Battle of The Planet".
Calzaghe, making his first appearance in America having stepped up from 168lbs, was knocked down in the opening round but regained his composure to win a via a split decision, 116-111, 115-112, 113-114 and keep his undefeated record intact at 45-0.
Wladimir Klitschko v Tyson Fury - November 28, 2015
When Tyson Fury stepped into the ring in Dusseldorf, Germany, he was doing so in the knowledge that his opponent had not lost in 11 dominant years. Klitschko, the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine heavyweight champion of the world, was an overwhelming favourite.
The British challenger, who in the pre-fight build-up used mindful kidology to get into 'Dr Steelhammer's' psyche, was equally ruthless from the first bell. Using his height and reach advantage, Fury produced a dominant display to win unanimously away from home to be crowned the new king of the glamorous heavyweight division.
Watch Jorge Linares vs Anthony Crolla II, with the Ring Magazine title on the line again, live from the Manchester Arena, from 7pm, Saturday, on Sky Sports 1.