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Joshua vs Parker: Anthony Crolla added to card

Anthony Crolla will be back in action on March 31.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Lightweight contender Anthony Crolla has been added to the Joshua-Parker bill in Cardiff on March 31, where he’ll face Mexico’s Edson Ramirez.

Crolla, 31, says he’s looking for a bigger fight — maybe against Luke Campbell — in the summer.

“I need to get out there and get another win and then we can look for a big fight in the summer. It’s a great platform, there’s no bigger event to be on and I’m really excited to go to Cardiff. I’m always mixing at the top level so I want a test and Ramirez will be well up for it.

”We’ve had rough talks about a lot of fights. Luke Campbell and I both want to fight for world titles and I don’t think either of us would have a problem in fighting the other, but the ultimate goal for us both is to win a world title. We’re one and two in Britain so it makes sense so we’ll see what happens down the line.”

Crolla (32-6-3, 13 KO) is coming off of a hard-fought win over Ricky Burns last October, which followed back-to-back losses to Jorge Linares. Crolla held the WBA “world” lightweight title in 2015-16, winning it from Darleys Perez and defending it successfully once before losing to Linares the first time.

Ramirez (18-2-1, 8 KO) has a soft record and on paper, at least, is more of a tune-up fight for Crolla, a stay-busy meant to get to that bigger fight this summer.

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