Anthony Crolla says the victor of his lightweight battle with Ricky Burns on 7 October will get a different universe title shot however the failure confronts retirement.
Britain’s Crolla, 30, neglected to recover the WBA lightweight title in March when he lost a rematch with Jorge Linares.
Scot Burns, 34, lost his WBA light-welterweight belt in April when he was beaten by Julius Indongo.
“The failure has two options – resign, or take that intense old street back to attempt to ascend to that level,” Crolla said.
“The victor of this one is nearly ensured a different universe title shot.”
Notwithstanding Crolla’s remarks, Burns says he has no prompt intends to hang up his gloves after his battle with the Mancunian.
“All I am by all accounts getting now from individuals is ‘when are you going to resign?'” said Burns, a previous best on the planet at three weights.
“Despite everything I have another couple of years left in me. No one would know more than myself on the off chance that the time had come to rest until tomorrow.”