FORMER WBA CHAMP ANTHONY CROLLA LANDS ON JOSHUA VS. PARKER CARD

Press Release: Former WBA lightweight title holder Anthony Crolla’s road to another title show will resume on March 31st when he faces Edson Ramirez (18-2-1) at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Crolla, from Manchester, England, is back in action following his win over three-weight title holder Ricky Burns in October. Now 31, Crolla (32-6-3) and now the 31 year old faces the Mexican Ramirez, who lost twice in his first three fights but hasn’t lost since then.

“Eddie [Hearn, his promoter] and I met recently and we outlined a plan to get back to world titles and Cardiff is the first fight in that plan,” said Crolla. “I need to get out there and get another win and then we can look for a big fight in the summer. It’s a great platform, there’s no bigger event to be on and I’m really excited to go to Cardiff. I’m always mixing at the top level so I want a test and Ramirez will be well up for it.

“We’ve had rough talks about a lot of fights. Luke Campbell and I both want to fight for world titles and I don’t think either of us would have a problem in fighting the other, but the ultimate goal for us both is to win a world title. We’re one and two in Britain so it makes sense so we’ll see what happens down the line.

“I’m not targeting anyone in particular, I just want a world title shot – I’ll take on any of the champions and go anywhere to do it.

“Ricky is a great fighter, he’s achieved so much in the sport so it was a big win for me to prove that I’ve still got a lot left to give. I knew if I’d lost to Ricky it would have been a long way back so winning was huge for me and it’s given me a boost ahead of a really important year.”

Crolla’s clash with Ramirez is part of a huge night of action in Cardiff as Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker meet in a world heavyweight unification blockbuster.

Also on the card, Ryan Burnett defends his WBA bantamweight crown against Yonfrez Parejo and Alexander Povetkin faces Liverpool favourite David Price. Josh Kelly also goes up against former IBF 154-pound champion Carlos Molina and Welshman Joe Cordina fights lightweight Andy Townend.
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