Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Gallagher on Anthony Crolla, Joe Murray and Paul Smith

By Terence Dooley

Anthony Crolla and Joe Murray both vie for titles this Saturday night on the undercard of Martin Murray’s Commonwealth, British and WBA Inter-Continental contest with Nick Blackwell at Wigan’s Robin Park Centre.  Hatton Promotions have put together a strong bill as they seek to move three of their biggest names further up the title ladder.

Joe Gallagher trains Crolla and Murray.  The coach believes that Anthony is the most improved fight in the UK.  Telling me that recent English, British and now the WBA Inter-Continental lightweight fights have lit a fire under ‘Million Dollar’.

“I think Anthony Crolla is the most underrated, improved fighter in Britain today.  It is a strong field, as you’ve seen recently with George Groves performing so well against James DeGale, but Anthony has fought for three titles on the bounce and is improving all the time,” declared Gallagher.

“I believe he’s European champion in waiting.  [Current EBU holder] Gavin Rees should do the honorable thing by fighting Crolla because Anthony was willing to make the first defence of his British belt against Rees,” he stressed, alluding to the aborted April 16th contest between Crolla-Rees, a bout that was nixed when Gavin aggravated his long-standing nose injury.

He added: “I would put Anthony up there as the best lightweight in Europe right now.”

Crolla, 20-2 (8 early), meets Belgium’s Herve De Luca on Saturday night, the visitor went 9-0-1 before losing his ‘0’ to Innocent Anyanwu via a seventh round KO in 2007.  The 29-year-old’s recent staccato record, 3-3 with two stoppage reversals in his last six, suggests that Crolla, 24, will add the WBA strap to his belt collection come the night.

Joe Murray takes on Aberdeen’s James Ancliff for the IBF Youth featherweight belt.  ‘Genius’ is full of vim and verve going into his maiden title tilt after training closely with gym mate Stephen Smith, the current British and Commonwealth featherweight boss.

“Joe is showing a lot now,” opined Gallagher as he looked ahead to Murray’s fight.  “He saw Stephen Smith applying himself for a [British] title fight [with John Simpson on April 27] in this gym so knows what it is all about now. 

“Stephen is a kid who doesn’t get enough accolades.  Groves is getting praised for beating DeGale after only twelve fights but Stephen fought a more established fighter in John Simpson, who was in the prime of his career and coming off a great win over Martin Lindsay.

“Simpson has been brilliant lately.  Stephen beat him twice but where are the accolades for ‘Swifty’?  It does rankle a bit.  Here is a kid who didn’t go the Olympics and get that type of fanfare but has fought a really hard fighter twice in only twelve fights.  The people in the trade and in the magazines should give credit where it is due.”

Turning his attention to Murray, Gallagher pointed out that the 24-year-old has come on in leaps and bounds during his ten fight, 10-0 (5), career. 

“We used Stephen’s recent fight with Simpson as an example to Joe by showing him the type of focus you need going into title fights.  I think Joe has seen it now and has learned from having Stephen here.  Joe’s going for his first title, he’s looking great in the gym and there’s a real maturity about him.”

Ricky Hatton has high hopes for the former amateur star.  ‘The Hitman’ also went for his first belt in his eleventh fight, hammering Tommy Peacock into a second round TKO defeat for the vacant BBBoC Central Area light-welterweight title in February 1999. 

Hatton went onto have a great career; the former light-welterweight world champion is now putting a lot of energy into ensuring that his 2008 Olympian follows in his footsteps.  Indeed, Ricky made a statement of intent when inking Murray’s professional signature, seeing a lot of himself in the flame haired box-puncher.

Ancliff has upset a few prospects during his five-year career, ending a seven fight losing streak to hand Adrian Gonzalez his first loss in April of last year.  The 27-year-old also stripped Jason Hastie of his ‘0’ in February and got ten rounds under his belt last month when losing a clear decision to Chris Matthew Hughes for Scottish Area featherweight title.

Joe, though, should have too much for the 11-13-2 (2) boxer and will bid to hand the tough Scot his fourth stoppage loss.

Please send news and views to [email protected]

Sky Sports HD1 and 1 televise from 10.15pm on Saturday night.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Uncle Rodge on 06-18-2011

Great interview Terry. Gallagher's the Boss!!

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Photo: WBC Reveals Special Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. Title Belt Peter Fury Reacts To Claims Hughie Ran From Joseph Parker Shot Anthony Joshua Fires Back at Klitschko as Tensions Begin To Rise Wilder: Parker Should Forget About May 6th, Fight Me in July Broner To Tim Bradley: Bald Head Uncle Tom, Stop Talking Crazy Mike Alvarado, Saucedo Added To Michael Conlan Chicago Card Horn's Coach Warns Pacquiao: Jeff Can Hit as Hard as Marquez! Joshua vs. Klitschko: Joe Cordina To Open Up The Show Bellew: Tyson Fury Keeps Calling Me Out, We Might Have To Dance! Showtime's Espinoza: There's One Network Committed to Boxing Vitali Klitschko Admits Wladimir's Career on The Ropes in Defeat Zambrano vs. Marrero Undercard - PBC Special Telivised Prelims Heiland Ready For Jermall Charlo Eliminator, Then Golovkin Shot Klitschko Not Ruling Out Joshua Mentally 'Crumbling Like a Cookie' Porter Questions Thurman's Commitment to Fighting Him Next Broner: Me and Terence Crawford Will Be a Future PPV Fight Anthony Joshua Vows To Stay Calm, Not Go Into Mike Tyson Mode Hearn: Quigg vs. Simion Winner Could Face Lee Selby Next David Benavidez Talks Golovkin Sparring, Medina, Yildirim, More Kevin Lerena To Face Maxim Maslov For IBO Title on August 12 Wladimir Klitschko: Hopefully I Have a Couple of Years Left in Me Bellew: Being Heavyweight Champion is a Realistic Possibility Now! Saunders on Khurtsidze: Puffed Up Danny DeVito Never Beats Me! Joshua vs. Klitschko: Who's Winning the Battle of the Preparation? Nacho Wants Chavez To Use Lara, Mayweather Tactics on Canelo Shakur Stevenson and The Making of The Next Black Superstar Vitali Klitschko Confident Wladimir Will Topple Joshua at Wembley Porter's Coach: 1000% We Can Beat Keith Thurman in Rematch! Martin Murray vs. Gabe Rosado - CompuBox Punch Stats Shawn Porter vs. Andre Berto - CompuBox Punch Stats Imre Szello Stops Toth To Retain WBO Regional Belt in Hungary Pacquiao Aims To Make Statement, Prove He's Still in Top Form Breazeale Ready To Replace Fury - Fight Parker on Late Notice Broner: Somebody Tried to Kill Me, But It's OK; I’m Still Here Pacquiao: I Don't Know Much About Horn, Haven't Seen His Fights Murray on Gabe Rosado's Complaints: I Won The Fight, F*** Him! Team Parker: Hughie Fury Never Wanted To Come To New Zealand Klitschko: Joshua Wants To Be a Billionaire, Must KO Me as Promised Team Fury: Hughie Suffered Lower Back Injury, Not Medically Fit Amir Khan To Keith Thurman: Forget Porter, Fight Me!
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement