Results From Manchester: Linares Too Classy for Crolla

On Saturday, Linares (41-3, 27 knockouts) is being asked to prove that road toughness once more when the World Boxing Assn. lightweight champion ventures to Manchester Arena in England to try to repeat his September victory over Great Britain's Anthony Crolla (31-5-3, 13 KOs). "I'm at a very happy moment, the best moment of my career, and I wouldn't change it at all". The WBC - whose belt he held before he had to give it up due to inactivity - will order him to box the current holder of the strap, Mikey Garcia.

Crolla has been a professional boxer since 2006, but for years he looked set to enjoy a successful, but not world class career. "I think I've had a pretty tough two years fight-wise and all the stuff that comes with it. I think it can happen this summer".

Anthony Crolla's trainer Joe Gallagher feels his man will have achieved one of the great British boxing victories if he beats Jorge Linares in their rematch on Saturday.

"I believe there will be plenty of options and plenty of fights out there for us and I still want to be involved in those big fights". In fact, it's fair to say that Linares has ironed out some flaws since battling Crolla in their much closer original affair last September.

It is a known fact that Hearn and Warren do not share a good camaraderie between them so any negotiation among the camps could take time to come to terms.

He's taking on Jorge Linares in a rematch of the fight he lost in September, where the Venezuelan ran out victor on points.

Anthony Crolla has vowed to "feed off" his hometown fans after making weight for his rematch with Jorge Linares.

"I've got to be cutting off the ring quicker this time, I've got to respond myself in bunches a little bit more". After taking the vacant WBA belt in May 2016, the Scot is looking to unify the division when he takes on Julius Indongo for the IBF and IBO titles in Glasgow next month.

"It means the world and these (supporters) are one of the motivations that gets me out of bed in the morning and to work as hard as what I do". I went the distance, I don't want to take any comfort thinking "I went the distance" but that's all that was.

Both the boxing fraternity as well the fans across the globe would be hoping to witness the enticing clash in the latter part of this year.

"I was very confident going in with the way we prepared and in the opening few minutes but I lost to a top fighter. But whether it is a points decision or not, I believe it is a different result this time".

"Jorge is the best and I want to be the best - beating him stakes my claim".

  • Julie Sanders