Today was the press conference of the rematch between WBC Diamond & WBA Lightweight champion Jorge Linares 41-3 (27ko’s) and former WBA champion Anthony Crolla 31-5-3 (13ko’s).
The pair will be coming together for the second time after their first bout ended with Linares becoming the new champion as he picked up a unanimous decision victory at the Manchester Arena in front of a very hostile crowd.
The 31-year-old Venezuelan was certainly the better man on the night with his technical boxing ability proving too much for Crolla to handle as he scored rounds by making his opponent miss.
Linares seemed to be having fun in the ring towards the end when he knew Crolla wasn’t able to answer back to all of his problems, and Jorge was once again on his way to becoming a world champion.
On the undercard we have undefeated 23-year-old Mancunian middleweight prospect Marcus Morrison 14-0 (10ko’s) taking on Jason Welborn 20-6 (7ko’s) in a fight hes expected to win comfortably.
Morrison is trained by Joe Gallagher, who will have a busy night ahead of him as he will also be coaching Anthony Crolla. You can expect their to be more Gallagher fighters on the card as they often stack it with fighters from his gym as they are currently head of the Manchester boxing scene.
We also see Brian Rose 29-4-1 (8ko’s) as he faces WBA International Middleweight champion Jack Arnfield 23-2 (6ko’s). This has potential to be an absolute snoozefest as both fighters aren’t exactly entertaining in their own right, let alone when you put them together.
Arnfield is coming off the back of a technical knockout win when he stopped Mick Hall last Saturday at the end of the eleventh round, Hall unable to continue due to the swelling he had suffered on his face.
Brian Rose is the former British super welterweight champion and world title challenger but his career has faded slowly out after a handful of boring fights against a low-level of opposition have paved career towards a downward slant.
You can’t argue with the main event as it’s always exciting to see top class fighters going toe to toe, and Crolla will certainly bring an atmosphere. However there is questions surrounding why the fight is actually taking place.
In the first fight Linares showed he was a class above Crolla and the rematch will most certainly replicate the previous outcome. It’s a good payday for both fighters but you can’t help thinking with the controversial scoring last time they met, Linares will have to work even harder to secure another victory.
Crolla was easily beat that night, he was almost stopped in the middle of the fight but came back fighting, however it was an easy Linares decision despite one of the judges having it so close.