On Saturday night, former world champion Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla secured a unanimous decision victory over Indonesia's Daud Yordan in a co-featured attraction from the Manchester Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Crolla won the fight on scorecards of 116-112, 116-112 and 116-112 to clinch a World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight world title eliminator, after an excellent demonstration of experience, power, and physical conditioning in the face of a difficult opponent in Yordan.
With this victory, Crolla is now in line to crack at current WBA world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko, who returns next month in a unification showdown with WBO world champion Jose Pedraza at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Crolla previously held the WBA world title, when in 2015 he knocked out Darleys Perez.
He eventually lost the title to Jorge Linares, who then lost the belt to Lomachenko in May of this year.
Eddie Hearn, who promotes Crolla, is ready to battle with his pocket to secure the rights to that fight.
Lomachenko is promoted by Top Rank, who have an exclusive content deal with ESPN - while Hearn's company is aligned with streaming service DAZN.
“The WBA will call the mandatory after Pedraza. We’ll be bidding with DAZN, Lomachenko’s promoter Top Rank will be bidding and Anthony Crolla is going to make a fortune and he deserves it," Hearn told Chris McKenna.
“Don’t get me wrong, it’s a complete disaster of a fight for any man in boxing and Crolla is right up against it. But he’s done everything else so why not go to New York or Vegas and fight for seven figures?
“We want it there. So we go to purse bids and let the boy make all the money in the world. Then maybe he can float off. Loma is going to fight on December 8, so it’s not going to be until April or May. Crolla can sit tight until then.”