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Crolla is Eager To Fill The Gap Left By Ricky Hatton

Anthony Crolla has his sights set on being one of the Manchester boxers to fill the void left by Ricky Hatton's retirement - and he knows he has to beat Willie Limond to do so.

The British lightweight champion has enjoyed a taste of the limelight since stopping John Watson in the ninth round in Liverpool in February to take the title.

And Crolla, who turns 25 tomorrow, has no intention of giving that up in his first defence against experienced Scot Limond on November 25.

Crolla, who is promoted by Hatton, is defending his title in Motherwell but he is keen to bring big title fights to his home city in future and replicate in some way the atmospheres that the former world champion used to evoke.

Crolla, who is joined on the bill by fellow Mancunian Matthew Hall for a British light-middleweight title eliminator with Kris Carslaw, said: "Since Ricky has retired, there has been a bit of a gap in Manchester.

"There are a few up-and-coming fighters in Manchester and I'm just blessed to be a part of that. I want that to continue, I want to keep my name out there.

"No-one else brought the crowds like Ricky did. Every time Ricky fought in Manchester, the MEN was rocking.

"It's one of our aims, the upcoming fighters in Manchester, to have it the same way. The way he brought the crowds in was something else."

Winning the British title has already changed Crolla's life personally and professionally.

"I believe the saying that once a fighter wins a title he improves a good percentage," he said. "I feel that way, I'm a lot more confident and believe in myself a helluva lot more now, and my training has improved.

"I get recognised a lot more now. It's nice, I like it when people recognise you, it makes you feel good about yourself.

"I'm also happy for my friends and family, the people who have been with me from day one.

"That's my aim on November 25, I don't want to lose all that."

Crolla has no problems taking on Glasgow fighter Limond in Scotland having beaten Watson in his home city.

Crolla, who beat Juan Montiel on points in a non-title fight in Las Vegas in September, said: "It's something that I thrive on. I feel like there is pressure on me going into someone's backyard. As an amateur I always performed better away from home as well.

"I've got a few fans coming up, a coachload, so I'll have a bit of support there as well.

"The England-Scotland thing is there so that might add a bit of spice."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by alza1988 on 11-15-2011

Burns said in another article he thinks this is a cracking even fight ( Limond Crolla ) Hopefully it is and obviously hope Limond takes it cause i'm Scottish .Limond used to get trained off Billy Nelson Burns's trainer .I…

Comment by JimmyMcNulty on 11-15-2011

a 'coachload' of fans, that made me chuckle. Family don't count :D

Comment by UglyPug on 11-15-2011

Crolla is a good little boxer. . . But he can't beat any of the LW champs right now. . . HOWEVER, RICKY BURNS CAN! Burns beats everybody at LW except Rios. . . Burns beats DeMarco and Vazquez. .…

Comment by Cloud on 11-15-2011

Who the **** is this kid?

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