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We recently saw the press conference for the rematch of WBC Diamond & WBA Lightweight champion Jorge Linares v Anthony Crolla. Our senior boxing journalist Yoseph Siza reports on the matter.
Ahead of Anthony Crolla’s rematch against three-weight world champion Jorge Linares, trainer Joe Gallagher has asserted his stance on ensuring no one distracts his fighter with ticket demands or media obligations during preparations.
Speaking at yesterday’s press conference, Gallagher went on to say: “Anybody that wants a ticket off Crolla, go to a website or go somewhere else, just leave Anthony alone for this fight. He can’t say no, so if you really care about this kid and want other big fights and big nights in Manchester, leave him alone.
“I want Anthony to be a horrible, nasty person for this fight. I don’t want to see a friendly Anthony Crolla, so if you all care about him, ask his brother, Matchroom or Manchester Arena for tickets, just leave Anthony out of it.
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“He is going in with a second chance for the Ring Magazine belt, and i need a nasty Anthony Crolla. He’s done it before with his back against the wall against Kieran Farrell and John Murray and he delivered – I need that man for this fight.”
Crolla claimed the WBA Lightweight title in November 2015, in a rematch with Darleys Perez, knocking him out with a brutal body shot, earning the 30-year-old the credit of being Ring Magazine’s Most Inspirational fighter of 2015.
The form continued in 2016, as Crolla knocked out dangerous mandatory challenger at the time, Ismael Barroso, who himself had brutally forced a stoppage on former world title challenger Kevin Mitchell five months before.
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The Manchester based fighter came out second best in his quest to add the Ring Magazine title to his WBA belt in September last year, after Venezuelan Linares earned a unanimous decision victory with the scorecards of 115-114, 117-111 and 115-113.
The rematch will be contested at the Manchester Arena once again, with the WBC Diamond, WBA and Ring Magazine belts on the line.
Once again, we thank Yoseph Siza for his contribution to The Fight Diary!