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Crolla Eyes Ricky Burns, While Limond Ponders Retirement

Willie Limond will meet with manager Tommy Gilmour this week to consider his future after falling well short in his British lightweight title challenge against Anthony Crolla at the Ravenscraig Sports centre in Motherwell on Friday night.

The 32-year-old Glaswegian admitted that he knew as early as the first round that his bid was doomed and that was reflected in the scorecards which showed 120-108, 120-108 and 120-109 in favour of the champion.

Limond will allow himself some time to calm down before he makes any decisions.

"Emotions are high just now," he said. "We will see what happens.

"It is easy to make rash decisions just now. I will let my wounds heal.

"It is not the way I would like to [go out] but sometimes these decisions are taken out of your hands, so we will see what happens."

Limond praised manager Gilmour as he reflected on a "one-sided" contest.

"Tommy has done everything he said he would do," he said.

"He said he would get me a British title fight and he stuck to his word, he did that.

"It was just me. I didn't produce the goods on the night.

"The training camp was good, the sparring was brilliant, everything was spot on.

"I felt brilliant but it just wasn't there on the night."

Gilmour added: "I am never one for rash decisions.

"We will sit down next week.

"Willie has been fighting for 26 years, since he was six years of age.

"He brought a lot of pride to himself and the game in the last 10 years or so as a professional.

"I think it is important that we sit down at my office and talk about it."

Crolla stayed clear from offering Limond, a good friend, any advice.

The 25-year-old Mancunian said: "It's not for me to say what Willie should do with the rest of his career.

"I said I would beat Willie and I beat him convincingly and it felt good to get 12 rounds under my belt for the first time.

"I felt I hurt him early on and it took a bit out of him.

"I said friendship would go out the window when the bell went and it did.

"I respect Willie, he was very brave and showed a massive heart, a lot of people would have gone down with my shots but he hung in there. So a lot of credit has to go to him."

Crolla turned his sights on another Scotsman, WBO interim lightweight champion, Ricky Burns, who was at ringside.

"I take inspiration from Ricky," he said. "He is a great fighter and he has improved massively.

"But you look back just a few years ago and Ricky was at a similar level to me and he has trained very hard and you could see the improvement.

"If he can do that then maybe I can.

"I don't want to start calling Ricky Burns out, there are enough people doing that, but if I got offered the fight then I would definitely come back to Scotland and take the fight."

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