In a recent chat with Sky Sports, Anthony Crolla has talked about how he’d jump at the chance to fight stateside should the opportunity arise.
The lightweight division is booming with talent at the moment, headed by Lomachenko, Jorge Linares and Mikey Garcia, continues to go from strength to strength.
With Garcia (WBC) and Robert Easter Jr (IBF) likely to unify later this summer and Lomachenko mooted to face WBO champ Ray Beltran next, Crolla is now working out his options for his next bout.
“So many people say they want a trip to The States and I’m more than happy to go if an opportunity came up – in fact, I’d jump at it! I’m currently waiting on news, but I want to and believe I can become a world champion again.
“Beltran is a good guy and we’ve sparred before, but it seems he’s the Ukrainian’s next challenge, so it’s all up in the air. I just want a shot and am happy to fight any of the champions.
“The WBC and WBA have me rated very highly so whoever I have to fight, I’ll be happy to go at it.”
“There was talk about the Campbell fight and I know we both wanted it, but he has a great opportunity to avenge his Mendy loss and line up his own world title shot so fair play to him.
“I’m hoping to get a final eliminator myself, I’m not too far away, but I should know more in a few weeks. Going to America is still a dream for me and I know I could take good numbers over there.”
Crolla watched as his former dance partner Linares take on Lomachenko recently and although the 31-year-old admits he is in no position to call out the gifted Ukrainian, he would be honoured to share the ring with him.
“That was a brilliant fight between two unbelievable craftsmen, they both showed so much skill and ability in there – I loved it.
“Lomachenko is an unbelievable fighter, a future all-time great, and you always want to share the ring with the best of your generation.
“I’d love to try my luck against him. He has openly said he wants to fight in the UK so, in that sense, you’d say it would either be against myself or Campbell.
“I’m by no means saying I deserve a shot, but if he wants to fight in England, I could be the man. I know there’s no chance of it in USA.”