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Crolla is Focused on Getting Payback on Saturday Night

Anthony Crolla is intent on revenge ahead of his long-awaited re-match with Derry Mathews at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday night.

Mathews ripped the British lightweight title from the Mancunian last year and the Commonwealth title is now on the line as the Liverpudlian takes his turn to fight on home soil.

But Crolla impressed in beating Kieran Farrell last time out and is confident he can turn the tables.

"Derry caught me with a belting shot and to be honest I never recovered," Crolla told Sky Sports. "He fought a great fight and pulled off a great win that night.

"Of course it's a question of revenge - any fighter who beats you, you want the chance to get in there and beat them.

"Derry's expecting a better me and I'm expecting a better Derry Mathews. I'm just expecting a different result.

"I'm bringing great support from Manchester but I'm under no illusions - I won't get the best reception, but that's just part of it and Liverpool will get behind Derry."

Mathews knows Crolla will be hungrier than ever but the Liverpudlian is also in great shape after a camp that has seen him train in New York.

"No matter what Anthony brings I'll have to bring something better. I've had longer to prepare this time - 12 weeks instead of six - and better sparring so I'm ready for whatever.

"It's an honour to fight Anthony in Liverpool and the fans will be the winner on Saturday night."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by junior gong on 03-28-2013

This is going to be a great fight, wont go the distance. I'm picking Derry..anyone want a bet?

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