Ricky Burns: Scot can win world title again but must be more ruthless, says Glenn McCrory
By Glenn McCrory. Last Updated: 02/03/14 2:31pm
Glenn McCrory says Ricky Burns may not have held a world title for the last time.
Burns relinquished his grip on the WBO lightweight strap following defeat to Terence Crawford in Glasgow on Saturday night, with the challenger earning a unanimous points decision.
But Sky Sports pundit McCrory feels the 30-year-old - who formerly held the WBO super-featherweight belt - has the experience and the support to reach the top once more.
"Ricky is a two-weight world champion, used to fighting at this level, didn't disgrace himself in losing the title, and looks like he could go for it and come again," said the pundit.
"He should only be interested in big fights as if he drops back amongst the boys that are coming up he will lose interest - and what he does have is the massive support of these Scottish fans."
Burns' countryman Alex Arthur, though, has his doubts that the Coatbridge-born pugilist could knock off Crawford if the two duelled again, but he says the Brit must not slip to far down the levels for his next encounter.
"Once you have lost to someone with Crawford's style they will always find a way to beat you so if I was Ricky I would explore another route," said the ex-world super-featherweight master.
"He is a rung above every other British lightweight - he has fought in world-title fights the last 10 times - and the only one I think that could give him a match, stylistically, is Anthony Crolla."
"Crawford is a slippery customer and his judgment of footwork and distance was fantastic. He kept making Ricky fall short and frustrated him."
McCrory, meanwhile, admits that Crawford - who swelled his professional record to 23-0 with his triumph at the Scottish Exhibition Centre - was the superior fighter, on an evening which also featured successes for Britain's London 2012 medalists Anthony Joshua and Anthony Ogogo.
But the onetime world cruiserweight champion was perplexed by some of Burns' tactics.
He said: "Crawford was very good and he has a style that Ricky struggled with - a fast jab, good movement and balance, and excellent combinations.
"Ricky fell just short but he didn't commit himself - or wasn't quick enough to commit himself - and I was a bit surprised that he didn't really follow his punches in and opted to retreat.
"He has lashed out in the past but for the most part he went to the ropes and covered up and that's not the Ricky that we know."