Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn says that a possible rematch between Ricky Burns and Anthony Crolla in Glasgow is the obvious next bout for both fighters.

Coatbridge boxer Burns was defeated by Crolla in his Manchester hometown on Saturday night by way of a unanimous points decision, but thoughts of retirement were far from the 34-year-old’s mind.

Burns is keen to bring Crolla up to his own stomping ground, and Crolla himself seemed open to the prospect immediately following their captivating scrap at the weekend.

And Hearn agrees that a rematch between the pair at the Hydro would appeal to Scottish fight fans.

Hearn said: “The rematch is the obvious fight. Scotland would come out in big numbers.

“Both fighters will want to see the figures and we need to make sure it’s lucrative for the pair of them.

“But very few fighters can generate the kind of atmosphere Anthony Crolla and Ricky Burns can. There was 12,000 at the Arena and it was electric the other night.

“Anthony is at the stage of his career where world titles are very important - but so are big fights.

“It’s the same with Ricky. No matter what he says, they don’t have 10 fights left.

“They are at the final stages of their careers and it’s about getting what they deserve - as much money as possible. That’s what it will come down to.

“If Ricky and Anthony like the money for the rematch then it will happen every day of the week.”

Another possibility put to Burns after the Crolla fight was the prospect of a Scottish super-fight with up-and-coming talent Josh Taylor.

While Burns was remaining open-minded about taking on the Prestonpans fighter, Hearn seemed to pour cold water on the idea.

“It’s not about taking a fight because it sounds right or someone on Twitter says they want to see it,” he said. “It has to be on the right terms.

“For Josh Taylor, if that fight was to be made, it would be us putting the money up.”

Another potential stumbling block to any fight with light-welterweight Taylor would be Burns’s preference to remain at lightweight after taking the step down for the first time in two years to fight Crolla.

While he admitted before the fight that it had been a struggle to stick to the strict diet he had been on during his training camp, he feels his creditable showing justified his decision to take on the challenge.

“One hundred percent I’ve proved to myself that I can do it,” Burns said. “I was so strict with my diet. Tony [Sims, his trainer] wasn’t sure I could do it but I showed him and myself.

“I’m sticking at lightweight from now on.”