Hearn Expects Purse Bid Battle For Lomachenko-Crolla Rights

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.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bballchump11 on 11-12-2018

Hopefully ESPN wins and Lomachenko doesn't stifle his exposure fighting on an obscure app.

Comment by deanrw on 11-12-2018

[QUOTE=jackblack008;19266386]Loma is 32 and legacy waiting. after Pedraza a rematch with Linares and then a fight with either Gervonta or Garcia.[/QUOTE] He is 30, not 32.

Comment by Tony Trick-Pony on 11-12-2018

I can't see this fight being competitive at all. I think Loma stops Crolla after six or seven. Just on a much higher level.

Comment by sicko on 11-12-2018

Not beating Arum and ESPN, already lost to them multiple times in Purse Bids but hey keep Selling Dreams Eddie!

Comment by The3 on 11-12-2018

Loma need to take the fight and do it early in 2019 so that you can fight 4 times next year, 2019 for Loma is - Anthony Crolla - Chaniev/Commey winner - WBC champion - 140 Tornament winner

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