According to social media an all British dust up between former world champions Anthony “million dollar” Crolla and Scotland’s Ricky Burns could be on he horizon.

Both fighters are coming off the back of world title defeats and a loss for either at this stage of their careers could almost certainly spell the end .

Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, Crolla said: “It’s early days in negotiations and I only heard about it when social media started going mad about it last week and it has carried a fair bit of weight since.

There has been talk of us fighting for years but it never happened and I will know a lot more in the next week when I speak to my team whether we will finally get it on. I’m ticking over in the gym and when a date gets sorted, I’m in a good place to start camp.

“It would be a hugely important fight and it would be a very long way back for the loser and could even bring about retirement. The winner on the other hand would be straight back in the world-title picture – so there’s an awful lot riding on this one.”

Both men are hugely popular in their home cities of Manchester and Glasgow respectively and Crolla is confident that either hometown will bring about a great atmosphere.

“I don’t mind where this fight takes place and neither does Burns, whether it is Manchester or Glasgow, you are guaranteed a brilliant atmosphere.

“I know either of us would bring a good travelling party to the other’s hometown because this is a great fight.”

“Burns fought Julius Indongo last time out and struggled with his style. It’s difficult to say whether he has slowed down a bit because Indongo was a very awkward customer and a lot better than anyone anticipated – we will find out in his next outing.”

Burns has also been heavily linked to fight fellow Scotsman Josh Taylor while an all Manchester derby against WBO lightweight world champion Terry Flanagan may also be an option for Crolla.