Crolla, Haskins Beef Up World Champ Count For The UK

By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star

ANTHONY CROLLA insists Britain now rules the world in boxing.

Britain now boasts a staggering 10 world titles after Crolla claimed the WBA lightweight belt and Lee Haskins was crowned IBF bantamweight king after his opponent failed to make the weight.

"British boxing is absolutely booming at the moment and I'm proud to be a part of it," said Crolla who knocked out Darleys Perez in the fifth round at Manchester Arena.

"We had two new world champions this week, and we nearly had three.

"That means there is going to be more big domestic fights and that is what everyone wants to see. I'm sure there is a chance I will be involved in one."

Crolla and Haskins joined James DeGale, Kell Brook, Lee Selby, Carl Frampton, Scott Quigg, Jamie McDonnell, Liam Smith and Terry Flanagan as champions.

But Martin Murray failed to make it a hat-trick at the weekend when he lost to WBO super-middleweight champion Arthur Abraham.

A domestic clash with Kevin Mitchell is on the cards next for Crolla if the Londoner beats Ismael Barroso on December 12 for the WBA interim title.

And Crolla wants it to be at Old Trafford - home of his beloved Manchester United.

The Manchester man - who has now won 30 of 37 pro fights - has fought twice at the 'Theatre of Dreams' when he beat Steve Gethin and Neil McQuade in function rooms at the stadium early in his career.

He added: "I can't even begin to imagine how good that would be. I'm there week in and week out watching the boys.

"To box there would be crazy. I boxed there at a dinner show earlier on in my career but that was in a suite and not out on the pitch obviously.

"Those ones were probably in front of about 1,000 people so that would be a different."

Bristol boxer Haskins said: "I don't feel like a world champion.

"But I can't wait for my first defence to prove to people I'm a worthy, world-class fighter.

"It's very unprofessional of Randy Caballero coming in five pounds over.

"I'd done everything by the book, I was 100 percent ready to do the business for the fans back in the UK. But it is what it is, I'm going home a world champion."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mick Higgs on 11-23-2015

Mitchell needs to rematch Linares!

Comment by maddad2001 on 11-23-2015

[QUOTE=deathofaclown;16258101]To be fair to the weaker "champions", they're no worse than a lot of champions from other countries. It's nice for them to win it and fair play to them but it's not exactly proof of being the best in…

Comment by Chrismart on 11-23-2015

Fair play to them :boxing:

Comment by deathofaclown on 11-23-2015

To be fair to the weaker "champions", they're no worse than a lot of champions from other countries. It's nice for them to win it and fair play to them but it's not exactly proof of being the best in…

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 11-23-2015

I never expected Crolla to be a world champion. McDonnell beating Kamedi twice was also a shock to me. Some overachievers on the list in general. Haskins, Flanagan and Liam Smith are a bit artificial at the moment and still…

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