Anthony Crolla ponders step up to light-welterweight after second loss to Jorge Linares

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Crolla lost to Linares for the second time in six months on Saturday (Source: Getty)

Britain’s Anthony Crolla is considering options including a move up the weights after losing his second WBA lightweight title fight to Venezuelan Jorge Linares on Saturday night.

Crolla was emphatically outpointed by Linares at the Manchester Arena, six months after the South American had taken his belt by unanimous decision at the same venue.

The 30-year-old’s options at 135lbs include a challenge for fellow Mancunian Terry Flanagan’s WBO title but promoter Eddie Hearn has also floated a move to light-welterweight.

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That could result in bigger fights, such as a showdown with Scotland’s Ricky Burns, who is due to defend his WBA belt against IBF champion Julius Indongo next month.

“There is talk about the Terry Flanagan fight,” said Hearn. “He’s not the same level of draw but he is a champion. We’re currently not a champion but there are other options.

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Crolla (right) was emphatically outpointed by Linares (Source: Getty)

"Ricky Burns is unifying the division on 15 April. I wouldn’t rule out moving up to take on the winner of that fight.”

Crolla, who insisted he could bulk up to 140lbs, said: “I just want to be involved in the big fights again. I will have a little break, lick my wounds and hopefully have another attack on a world title, whichever route that may be.”

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