Fight Report: Anthony Crolla vs Frank Urquiaga

By Sonny Turner

British boxing hero Anthony Crolla battled into retirement as he edged to a majority decision victory over Frank Urquiaga in his final fight. 

The Manchester Arena was the stage for Crolla’s last stand against the hand-picked Spaniard Urquiaga, a fight which turned out to be significantly tougher than expected before the opening bell.  

Despite showing glimpses of what had made him a World Champion, controlling the distance, flashy combinations and applying immense pressure, Crolla struggled throughout the 10 rounds, getting hit much more often than a former World Champion should, and someone who challenged for the title in his previous bout, against a man who is Boxrec’s 54th ranked lightweight in the world.  

Urquiaga, to his credit, had not read the script, and truly came to fight. He opened the first round by hitting Crolla with hooks to the body, and continued to work throughout, at one point throwing a seven punch combination to the head, with the majority landing.  

Crolla’s usually tight defence continued to let him down over the first four rounds, which he seemingly lost, as Urquiaga perpetually landed arcing right hands over the top of Crolla’s gloves and constantly threw ‘punches in bunches’ at the static Mancunian, with four heavy left hooks to the body landing consecutively in the third.  

However, Crolla rallied in the fifth, finding the target more often with his left hand, landing stiff jabs and thunderous hooks, and as the second half of the fight wore on he continued to bang the body of Urquiaga with success. 

Urquiaga would not give up though, continually throwing his own combinations, and despite visibly tiring, making Crolla work hard one last time, who did, however, seem to edge most of the second half. 

Crolla’s fight-back saw him awarded a majority decision after a very close contest, and allowed him to end his career on a high. 

 Sub-edited by Will Bussey 

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