Anthony Crolla has been granted a rematch with Darleys Perez for the WBA World Lightweight title following their controversial fight in Manchester on July 18.
Crolla produced a superb performance against the Colombian at the Manchester Arena and looked to have landed the belt after Perez had two points deducted for low blows in the latter rounds, only for the fight to be ruled a majority draw much to the dismay of the Manchester man and the packed home crowd.
‘Million Dollar’ now gets an immediate chance to land the crown and both Crolla and his promoter Eddie Hearn expressed their delight at the decision.
“When I heard the news I was honestly close to tears,” said Crolla. “Not getting that decision was hard to take but I was so grateful to even be part of such a great night and no one can ever take those memories away from me. Now I get another chance and I'm more determined than ever. The people of Manchester and the UK have been incredible and I can't wait to get back in there and face Perez again.”
“I cannot tell you how happy I am with this news,” said Hearn. “Anthony Crolla should be world champion. He hasn’t moaned, he hasn’t sulked and now he has his chance all over again. I would like to thank the WBA for making the right decision and the public for all their support of Anthony. I hope Manchester is ready for something special.
“We are already in negotiations with Perez’s team and we expect to announce the date of the rematch very soon.”
Oldham Athletic's manager Darren Kelly says he's delighted with the way his first pre season at the League One side is going.
The 36 year old from Northern Ireland is urging togetherness at the club after a troubled year.
The Latics attracted unwanted publicity after trying to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans, while their new manager received death threats within days of starting the job.
But they're ready to start this season with a clean slate and in a new-look stadium.
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Burnley have signed striker Chris Long from Everton on a three-year-deal.
Long told Burnley's official website: “I’m absolutely buzzing to have officially signed and I can’t wait to get started.
“I can’t thank Everton enough for what they did for me, but I think it’s time to start a new chapter in my life and I can’t wait to get started with Burnley.
“I’ve proved that I can score goals in the Championship and I only had two starts. I would have started more without injuries and I’m looking forward to scoring goals for Burnley.
“I’m fresh, young and eager to succeed to be honest and I just want to show the Burnley fans what I can do.”
Blackpool striker Nile Ranger has returned to train with his club, after eight months being absent without leave.
His return was reported by the Blackpool Gazette's football writer Will Watt on Twitter.
After eight months AWOL, Nile Ranger has finally reported back for training at Blackpool this morning.
A clause was activated in Ranger's contract earlier this year, much to the player's surprise as he revealed on Instagram.
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Raheem Sterling scored twice for Manchester City as his new side thumped a Vietnam national team 8-1 in the final match of their pre-season tour.
Aleksandar Kolarov and David Silva also scored two apiece while Marcos Lopes and Jose Angel Pozo grabbed the other goals in Hanoi.
It was City's fourth victory of the tour after wins over Adelaide United, Melbourne City and Roma, with a single defeat to Real Madrid, and Manuel Pellegrini's squad will now return to Manchester before travelling to Stuttgart at the weekend.
Former Sale winger Mark Cueto has called on the RFU to stage more internationals in the North West.
Cueto, a World Cup finalist in 2007, today took the famous Webb Ellis trophy to Manchester's Central Library to let fans get a glimpse of what's up for grabs this autumn.
England will play Uruguay at the Etihad Stadium in their final World Cup group game. But that's their only match away from Twickenham.
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The Rugby World Cup is continuing it's tour of the North West ahead of the competition which gets underway in September.
The Webb Ellis Trophy will travel from Bury, where a choir will perform Rugby Anthems at the Rock Shoping Centre, to St Helens Rugby Club which will host a Tag rugby competition featuring local youth rugby clubs.
Later the trophy will visit Crosby beach, alongside the iconic Another Place statues and travel to another of the region's iconic landmarks, Blackpool Tower.
- 08:00 - 10:00: The Rock Shopping Centre, Bury.
- 11:00 - 13:00: St Helen's Rugby Club.
- 14:00 - 16:00: Crosby Beach
- 18:00 - 20:00: Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
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