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.
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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 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.
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.
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.
Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes and boxer Anthony Crolla have officially opened a new £15 million leisure centre in Oldham.
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.
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.”
Just months after suffering a fractured skull confronting burglars, Manchester's Anthony Crolla will return to the ring for a shot at the world title.
He will take on Colombian Darleys Perez for the WBA Lightweight title.
The fight will be on the same card as Scott Quigg's title defence at the Manchester Arena on July 18th.
Manchester boxer Anthony Crolla will fight for a world title in July.
There were fears his injuries were so severe he wouldn't be allowed to box again, but doctors have given him the all-clear.