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Anthony Crolla on the verge of making history in Manchester

He's already got one world title to his name but tomorrow night Anthony Crolla could add more belts to his collections and become the best lightweight boxer on the planet.

He's fighting in his home city of Manchester against Jorge Linares.

Victory would move him up to another level in the sport and also out of the shadow of Manchester's greatest ever boxer.

As Mike Hall explains.

Ricky Hatton wants Anthony Crolla to enjoy 'night to remember' at Manchester Arena

Anthony Crolla faces Jorge Linares in what's being described as the toughest fight of his career Credit: ITV Granada

Ricky Hatton has given his backing to Anthony Crolla, as he seeks to unify his division, and become the greatest lightweight boxer in the world.

Crolla, who's from New Moston, fights Jorge Linares at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night. The 29-year-old has said that he'd love to emulate the great nights that the 'Hitman Hatton' had in the city's famous arena.

Ricky Hatton shocked the world at the Manchester Arena against Kostya Tszyu Credit: PA

Hatton, who is now a trainer and boxing promoter says that despite maybe being 'too nice' to be a boxer, Crolla has what it takes to succeed.

The bout will also see the Ring Magazine Lightweight champion belt be put at stake. Anthony Crolla could become the first Englishman to win the belt at that weight.

Ricky Hatton explains why Ring Magazine belts mean so much in the boxing world.

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David Chisnall speaks to Anthony Crolla ahead of Sunday's Manchester 10K run

This Sunday 30,000 runners will take to the streets of Manchester for the city's annual 10K.

Among them will be world boxing champion Anthony Crolla and his very own army.

He's hand picked 12 people, who like him have come through difficult times, to be part of Crolla's Army.

To make sure his recruits are fighting fit for the big day he's been putting them through their paces.

Boxers set for world title redemption

The next couple of weeks could be the biggest that North West boxing has ever seen.

Next week Tyson Fury bids to become heavyweight champion of the world. But, before that, two more of our boxers can become world champions.

Manchester's Anthony Crolla will be roared on by a home crowd in his rematch with Colombian Darleys Perez while St Helens hero Martin Murray is in Hannover to face Arthur Abraham.

Chris Hall reports.

Crolla gets rematch with Perez

Anthony Crolla in action against Darleys Perez. Credit: Press Association Images

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.”

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Anthony Crolla to fight for world title in July

Manchester boxer Anthony Crolla will fight for a world title in July.

He was cleared to resume his career after a brutal attack.

There were fears his injuries were so severe he wouldn't be allowed to box again, but doctors have given him the all-clear.

Boxer Anthony Crolla gets 'all clear' from doctors

Watch the moment Manchester boxer Anthony "Million Dolla" Crolla finds out he's been cleared to continue his career in the ring after a brain scan.

Crolla suffered a fractured skull and a broken ankle while attempting to catch suspected burglars outside a neighbour's home in Chadderton shortly before Christmas.

Yesterday received the results of a brain scan which came back all clear.

The final decision on whether he can box again rests with the British Boxing Board of Control.

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