Originally posted on The Queensbury Rules  |  Last updated 11/27/11

Photo credit: Shabaz Shafiq -- SW33TSCIENCE

Anthony Crolla shut out Willie Limond in Motherwell on Friday evening in the stingiest way imaginable. In addition, Manchester’s million dollar kid gave the Garthamlock man’s supporters the cold shoulder for the duration of their encounter -- shucks even excitement had the door slammed shut in its face. And at the end of twelve tepid rounds, during which Crolla had held complete command, only Dave Parris showed enough seasonal spirit to award Willie anything at all in judging that the Scotsman had merited a share of a single round.

Limond looked like he was wading through treacle in what was, in all likelihood, his final crack at contesting top honours. Crolla maintained pressure thoughout, hunted the body unmercifully and barely took a punch back in anger. It was, in many ways, a melancholy sight to behold. Even the venue appeared to take pity on the home fighter when in the 7th the lights suddenly went out, cloaking the ring in complete darkness (a result, allegedly, of a local stumbling over a power cable someplace).

Crolla came in dead on the lightweight limit of 135 lbs, with Limond weighing 134 ¾ lb. The Scottish fans, noted for their ability to make a racket, were rendered speechless as their fighter struggled to put anything together of note. Mid-way through the 8th, one clearly inebriated soloist made a last-ditch attempt at both raising a din and lifting his man. Above the deafening silence he began to belt out the intro to unofficial national anthem, “Flower of Scotland”, yet trailed off almost as quickly as he’d started, clearly lacking enough heart to finish.

The same could be said of Crolla, who appeared to carry Limond through to the final bell, both of the fight and, in all probability, Willie’s fighting career.

Limond maintains his record of only losing to the super talented in sliding to 34-4 (8). Crolla fought expertly and seems to be improving with each fight. He is also fast making ground on the domestic top brass which consists currently of Ricky Burns, Kevin Mitchell and stablemate John Murray. He retains his Lonsdale belt in moving to 23-2 (9).

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