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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.

Crolla cleared to box again after brain scan

Anthony Crolla Credit: Press Association

Manchester boxer Anthony Crolla has been cleared to resume his career in the ring by doctors 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.

Today he 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.

He'll meet them next month.

Anthony told Granada Reports:-

I'm absolutely delighted, this means everything to me, my career and livelihood were at stake. Now I can't wait to get back in the ring."

– Anthony Crolla

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Liverpool's Echo Arena is a sell out for a big night of boxing

There's a big night of boxing at the Echo Arena with some of the region's best fighters performing for a sell out crowd of over seven thousand.

Liverpool's Derry Matthews faces Manchester's Anthony Crolla for the vacant Commonwealth Lightweight belt.

London 2012 Team GB captain Thomas Stalker goes head to head with Andrew Harris in his second professional fight.

Topping the bill is Tony Bellew who in his home city takes on Malawi's Isaac Chilemba in a WBC light- heavyweight eliminator bout.

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