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TRAINER JOE GALLAGHER CONFIRMS LOMACHENKO CONTACT

Rumours of Vasyl Lomachenko enquiring about fighting Anthony Crolla in the UK have proven to be true, claims trainer Joe Gallagher.

Lomachenko currently holds the WBA ‘super’ lightweight belt, a version of the title that Crolla once held himself.

Joe Gallagher has been quoted as saying “There was a possibility the Lomachenko fight could have been made,”

“I had good people from inside Lomachenko’s camp contact me, expressing an interest in coming to Manchester for a fight, as they prepared for the unification with Ray Beltran. [Now Jose Pedraza]

“For whatever reason, it hasn’t materialised.”

The pound for pound king and three-weight world champion and two-time Olympic gold medallist Lomachenko is expected to meet Jose Pedraza to unify the WBA and WBO titles after the Puerto Rican dispatched of Beltran in a unanimous points victory on Saturday night.

Gallagher went onto say “Somebody has to fight Lomachenko. He’s searching for opponents,” Gallagher said. “So why not Crolla?

“Lomachenko wants to fight in the UK and Crolla brings 12,000-15,000 fans to the Manchester Arena. That’s the avenue we want to go down.”

Anthony “Million Dollar Crolla” has came back from adversity after back-to-back losses to Jorge Linares, who Lomachenko “Hi Tec” defeated back in May.

Gallagher makes no doubts about his stable of Manchester-based fighters wanting the most dangerous and biggest fights possible.

I got stick for suggesting Lomachenko for Crolla, but Callum Johnson is getting praise for fighting Artur Beterbiev,” Gallagher said.

“We get criticised for losing the big fights sometimes, but my fighters want to test themselves against the best.

“Crolla, when he beat Ismael Barroso, could have sat on that belt and had numerous defences. But he wanted to test himself against Linares.

“Like Liam Smith against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, and Johnson against Beterbiev. They don’t want to be kidded.

“Anthony was well up for it, it would have been the chance to share the ring with one of the best in the world.

“Anthony is very hungry. When fighters have been to the top, they want it again.

“It’s no different to Ricky Hatton testing himself against the best, Floyd Mayweather. He lost but then gave it a go against Manny Pacquiao.

“We need a big fight for Anthony Crolla because he’s the forgotten man of British boxing.”

By Kenny Leavett.

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