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Anthony Crolla proud to return to Manchester Arena for boxing showdown with Ricky Burns

Anthony Crolla turned down opportunities to fight in Las Vegas and Monaco in favour of a return to Manchester Arena.

Crolla will meet Scotland's Ricky Burns in a lightweight contest on October 7th as he attempts to secure another world title shot.

He told Granada Reports it was important to return to the arena for one of the venue's first events since May's terrorist attack.

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No more Mr Nice Guy for Crolla in title bout

Anthony Crolla is one of the nicest people you will ever meet.

But the Manchester boxer has turned to his dark side in the build up to his world title rematch with Jorge Linares.

Anthony Crolla Credit: ITV Granada

Crolla lost his WBA Lightweight title to the Venezuelan in his home city last September.

He returns to the arena tomorrow night looking for revenge.

And as Chris Hall reports this time there's no more Mr Nice Guy.

Trainer Joe Gallagher warns fans to leave Anthony Crolla alone ahead of Linares rematch

Trainer Joe Gallagher had some stern words for fans of Anthony Crolla at this afternoon's press conference for the Manchester boxer's forthcoming rematch with Jorge Linares.

Anthony's long serving trainer warned friends and fans to stay away from the fighter and told them to stop asking him for tickets. The 48 year-old says he needs Crolla to be completely focussed on fight.

Crolla lost to Linares at the Manchester Arena last year. They'll now meet each other in the same venue once again. The WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine world lightweight belts will be up for grabs.

Crolla, who's from Moston, is a keen Manchester United fan, but his trainer warned that he may have to skip some matches if he wants to make the most of this second chance against the Venezuelan.

It appeared to come as a bit of a surprise to the man himself.

There's a name change going on the St Etienne trip for the United game if anyone wants it!

– Anthony Crolla
Anthony Crolla watches his beloved United home and away Credit: PA Images

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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.

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.

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