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Hearn: Campbell vs. Crolla Makes Sense For Both

by Shaun Brown

A fight between Luke Campbell (18-2, 15 KOs) and former WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla (33-6-3, 13 KOs) makes sense for both men, says their promoter Eddie Hearn.

Campbell has been mandated to fight Yvan Mendy in a WBC lightweight final eliminator with purse bids due this Friday (June 1).

Mendy defeated Campbell in 2015 and the former world title challenger is keen to right the wrong of that loss.

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"I just met with Campbell the other day and we started talking about the Crolla fight which would be a final eliminator for the WBA title. It's a great fight and it's one that makes sense for both guys," Hearn told Boxing Scene.

"It's one of the biggest fights to be made in Britain between British boxers. I like Crolla-Campbell. I think, as well, Crolla would love to fight for another world title. The only loose wheel is (WBO champion) [Ray] Beltran. [Mikey] Garcia's fighting [Robert] Easter (in a lightweight unification). A big money fight against Campbell might be the way that Crolla chooses to go. We need to get moving this week on that."

Beltran had been heavily linked to a unification fight in August with WBA champion Vasyl Lomachenko. That is now on the back-burner after news broke yesterday (May 29) that the Ukrainian will be out of action until the end of the year with a shoulder injury. The three-weight world champion who beat Jorge Linares - a former opponent of Campell and Crolla - to win the WBA title on May 12 reassured fans that he will return sooner than later by saying: "I'll be back in the ring this year."

Shaun Brown covers British boxing for Boxing Scene. Contact him on Twitter @sbrown2pt0

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by filup79 on 06-01-2018

2 Euro fighters who do well domestically but end up getting beat once they step up and fight a good fighter not from the UK. This happens all the time with UK fighters.

Comment by Randall Cunning on 06-01-2018

[QUOTE=BigZ44;18822592]Awesome, just what I've been wanting to hear. Maybe we can get a little British/French rivalry going with this and Yoka/White Rhino coming up[/QUOTE] Haha, Yoka/Allen came out of nowhere, gunna have to watch that one. Saunders/Murray just got pushed…

Comment by BigZ44 on 06-01-2018

[QUOTE=Randall Cunning;18822571]Benson with the good news [url]https://mobile.twitter.com/MichaelBensonn/status/1002558278323376131?p=v[/url][/QUOTE] Awesome, just what I've been wanting to hear. Maybe we can get a little British/French rivalry going with this and Yoka/White Rhino coming up

Comment by Randall Cunning on 06-01-2018

[QUOTE=BigZ44;18822562]Not concerned with this fight right now, Campbell/Mendy 2 is the fight I really want to see[/QUOTE] Benson with the good news [url]https://mobile.twitter.com/MichaelBensonn/status/1002558278323376131?p=v[/url]

Comment by BigZ44 on 06-01-2018

Not concerned with this fight right now, Campbell/Mendy 2 is the fight I really want to see

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