Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Gallagher Confident Crolla Will Get Glory at Prizefighter

By Adam Norman

Trainer Joe Gallagher is confident Anthony Crolla can use Prizefighter as a platform for further title glory this weekend.

Crolla is one of the main draws in the latest instalment of the eight-man event, featuring some of the best lightweights in the UK.

The 25-year-old is on the comeback trail after losing the British title to Derry Mathews - whom he could face in Saturday's final - earlier this year.

Gallagher took his brightest talents to the famous Wild Card gym in LA recently and the trip gave Crolla the spark he needed.

"Crolla's had time to come away, let his injuries heal," he told Sky Sports. "He's had good training at the Wild Card and that was a good confidence builder.

"He sparred some good kids over there, and it gave him a lot of belief and confidence.

"The Mathews defeat was a bit of a car-crash, and as such it takes a bit of time to get over it. But the Wild Card experience brought him back and we've had around 16 sparring partners before Prizefighter to keep the variety going."

While many were shocked by Crolla's defeat to Mathews - when he stopped in the sixth round with a bad cut - Galllgher took nothing away from the winner and said the loss could even be a good thing.

"I don't think it's so much what we did wrong as Derry did right," he said. "He caught him with a good shot, the upper cut, and Anthony got a cut and it was like all the walls were closing in.

"He fought like a man in a panic, the referee kept stopping it to look at his eye, but I thought we were over the worst when it was stopped.

"Derry did right that night. You're dealing with split second decisions and one punch can change everything.

"But it got Anthony's nose back to the grindstone - not that it wasn't already - but it's made him re-focused because at the time everyone was starting to build him up."

Gallagher still believes in his charge, and knows that victory on Saturday night will put him right back to where he feels he should be.

"I don't know why he isn't bigger than he is in British boxing - I look at him as my David Beckham," said Gallagher. "He's a good looking kid, got a million-dollar smile, he speaks well, helps at all the amateur clubs.

"He raised a lot of eyebrows with his talent over at the Wild Card and they can't wait to work with him again.

"But we need to come through this. We always seem to be the bridesmaid but if he comes through this (British and European champion) Gavin Rees is the fight we want.

"It isn't the be-all and end-all. It feels like the FA Cup final and the Premiership is still the British title. So I don't think if he loses this his career's over, but it's a great platform."

Crolla takes on Liverpudlian Stephen Jennings in the first round of Prizefighter as he starts the next chapter in an already exciting career.

Tags: Anthony Crolla image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Joe Gallagher Pleads: No Callum Smith vs. Braehmer in Germany Carl Frampton: I Feel I Can Stop Any Featherweight in The World Sadam Ali: Moving Up, Fighting Legendary Cotto "a Little Scary" Parker: Joshua's Chin is a Weakness; I Can Knock Him Out! Frank Warren: I Spoke To Haymon About Santa Cruz-Frampton 3 Jerwin Ancajas - The Traveling Man is Back on The Road Felix Cash, Ted Cheeseman Added To Taylor-McCaskill Card Haye: With New Coach I Feel Better Than I Have in Many Years Wilder: I'll Talk Until Joshua Wants To Shut This American Boy Up! Igor Mikhalkin vs. Doudou Ngumbu Trilogy on December 2 Carl Frampton: This Part of My Career Could Be The Biggest Yet Anthony Dirrell: I'm Now Ready To Face Anyone With a Belt Oscar De La Hoya's Hypocrisy is All About Floyd Mayweather Anthony Dirrell Cut Badly, Beats Douglin by Technical Decision Clark Edges Dolton By Majority Decision; Karl Beats Martin Parker: I Would Not Have Problems Knocking Wilder, Joshua Out! Liam Smith Keeps Close Eye on Cotto-Ali, Open To Kell Brook Clash Klitschko Leaves The Door Open For a Ring Return in The Future Video: Ellerbe Talks UFC Doing Boxing, Mayweather Promotions Photos: Ishe Smith, Julian Williams Face To Face at Weigh-In Oscar Vasquez Hopes To Land a Major Fight in 2018 BJ Flores Sets Record Straight on Alexander Povetkin Fight Photos: Sullivan Barrera Grinds Hard - Ripped, Ready For Valera Amir Khan: I Embarrassed Myself By Making Joshua Accusation Chavez Jr. Return: Alfredo Angulo Now The Frontrunner Denis Shafikov vs. Rene Alvarado, HBO Latino, December 9 Wilder's Trainer: Deontay Wants To Be First Heavyweight at 50-0 Dejan Zlaticanin Returns on December 14, Broadway Boxing Jessie Vargas vs. Aaron Herrera Finalized - Dec. 15, PBC on FS1 Ricardo Mayorga Rules Out Retirement, Plans February Return Diego De La Hoya vs. Jose Salgado - Golden Boy on ESPN, Dec. 14 Bellew: It's Disgusting That Wilder Insinuated Joshua is on Steroids UK News: Tommy McCarthy, Lewis Crocker, Ricky Summers Miguel Cotto Career Special on HBO, November 25 Photo: Carl Frampton, Horacio Garcia Ready For War in Belfast Joseph Parker: I Have 'A Lot of Options' Other Than Joshua, Wilder Frampton: All The Big Fights Interest Me, The Best is Yet To Come Shawn Porter: Crawford Beats Horn Easy, Everybody is a Target! Teddy Atlas Explains Why He Favors Lomachenko Over Rigondeaux Ishe Smith: I Asked For Julian Williams, Confident I'll Get The Win
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement