By Scott Gilfoid: Well, all that bellyaching by No.11 WBA fringe contender Anthony Crolla (29-4-3, 11 KOs) and his promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport has paid off, as Crolla will be getting a rematch against WBA “regular” lightweight champion Darleys Perez (32-1-1, 20 KOs) on November 21st at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
On July 18th of this year, Crolla and Perez fought to a 12 round draw in Manchester in a fight in which many of Crolla’s fans felt that he should have won. I disagree. I had Perez winning a comfortable 12 round decision. What really hurt Perez was how the referee Howard Foster took a point off from him in the 11th and 12th rounds of the fight.
Without those point deductions during the crucial rounds, Perez would have won. Foster is a British referee, and obviously that has some boxing fans wondering what would have happened if it was a neutral referee not from the UK working the fight. I guess we’ll never know, because what’s done is done.
What I saw of the fight, Crolla pulled Perez by the back of the head as he was throwing a punch in the 12th, causing him to hit him low. As for the low blow in the 11th, it wasn’t a big deal because Perez wasn’t throwing that many low blows in the fight. Crolla was throwing them too, and he didn’t get any points taken off.
The final scoring of the fight was 113-113, 113-113 and 116-111 for Crolla. I had Perez winning 10 rounds to 2, and I felt like I was being very kind in giving Crolla 2 rounds. With the way he fought, I think he deserved zero rounds, but I gave him a couple of mercy rounds in rounds where it was close.
The World Boxing Association is giving Crolla a second shot at the WBA lightweight title against Perez. But if Crolla can’t do it this time against a very, very beatable champion, then I don’t think all the bellyaching in the world is going to get Crolla and his promoter Eddie Hearn a second shot.
Their complaining and moaning about the decision reminded me of how Paul Smith was given an undeserved rematch against WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham after Smith had lost their first fight. Smith then was handily beaten a second time by Abraham, and that finally shut his yap for good. I had Abraham winning the first fight 10 rounds to 2, and I saw there being no point in having a rematch other than for charity purposes.
“I’m so pleased for Anthony that he gets another bite of the cherry on November 21 in his home city,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “I haven’t found anyone yet who didn’t feel that he won the first fight but that’s in the past now and he has to make this count. I feel like he is destined to win a World title and on November 21 on a huge night for Manchester and British boxing, I truly believe his dreams will come true.”
Well, Hearn didn’t ask me, but I’ll tell him point blank that Crolla lost that fight against Perez last July, and that he in no way deserves a rematch. I’m just wondering how many times that we’ll see Crolla come up empty and continue with his yacking after he fails to get a win? I just hope Crolla keeps a stiff upper lip after he fails to win on November 21st, because the last thing I want to see is him and Hearn moaning about how they were robbed again.