Crolla Feels "100%" as Perez WBA Title Fight Nears

Anthony Crolla claims he is in the best shape of his life as he prepares to return to the ring seven months after being viciously attacked.

The Mancunian fighter suffered a fractured skull, concussion and a broken ankle after being hit with a concrete block when confronting burglars who had entered a neighbour's property last December.

His injuries not only cost him a planned shot at the WBA lightweight title against Richar Abril in January but left him fighting for his career.

The 28-year-old has now made a full recovery and is jumping straight back into top-end action, fighting new title-holder Darleys Perez for the belt he was eyeing earlier this year.

The pair meet in Crolla's home city of Manchester on July 18 and the Briton is relishing the chance to take on the Colombian.

Crolla, speaking after a public workout in the Trafford Centre, said: "I feel fantastic. Both physically and mentally I am in the best shape of my life.

"I made a promise when everything happened that I would come back bigger, better, faster, stronger than ever and that is what I believe I have done. Now it is about showing that next week.

"Some people have asked whether it would have been better to come back in an eight or 10-rounder, a warm-up fight. But I don't believe there are many of those such things in boxing.

"I know how easily world title fights can come and go and there was no way I was going to let this chance slip when I got offered it. It's straight in at the deep end and I believe the timing is right."

Crolla will share top billing on a card at the Manchester Arena that will also feature Bury's Scott Quigg defending his WBA super-bantamweight title against Spain's Kiko Martinez. St Helens fighter Martin Murray, who made a successful super-middleweight debut last month with victory over George Beroshvili, has been added to the card and will take on Croatia's Mirzet Bajrektarevic.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BattleAxePurist on 07-12-2015

Perez win.

Comment by chocolate on 07-11-2015

[QUOTE=Mick Higgs;15866358]Don't get me wrong here, but I thought Richer Abril was the WBA titlist. Please help me out someone?!!..........[/QUOTE] Darleys Perez is the current WBA regular champion, with Derry Mathews the interim champ. Abril got downgraded to champion in…

Comment by Mick Higgs on 07-11-2015

Don't get me wrong here, but I thought Richer Abril was the WBA titlist. Please help me out someone?!!..........

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (3)
Top Headlines Photos: Jesse Hart, Shakur Stevenson, Jason Sosa, Cornflake Win Fury: Wilder Called, I Answered - Not Like Sh*thouse Joshua! Photos: Jennings Dropped, Comes Back To Stop Dimitrenko Deontay Wilder: I Promise - Fury Will Be a Knockout Victim! Photos: Tyson Fury Boxes Past Pianeta, Secures Deontay Wilder Photos: Carl Frampton Stops Jackson, Looks To Warrington Shot Photos: Cristofer Rosales Takes Out Paddy Barnes With KO Frampton: Warrington Fight is Easiest To Make - Let's Do It Atchariya Claims Decision, Chanoi Scores KO in Bangkok Fury: Wilder Congratulated Me, Said it Was Great Performance Subriel Matias Crushes Breidis Prescott, Jantony Ortiz is KO'd Tyson Fury vs. Francesco Pianeta - CompuBox Punch Stats Haye Cautions Fury That Wilder Has 'Real Dynamite' in Hands Bryant Jennings: I Made Adjustments, Got The Job Done Jason Sosa Drops Reynaldo Blanco Twice, Wins Decision Carlos Ocampo Bounces Back, Knocks Rojas Out in Three Mykal Fox Beats DeMarcus Corley, Nicholson KO's Rodriguez Bryant Jennings Gets Off The Floor To Stop Dimitrenko in Nine Bryant Jennings vs. Dimitrenko - Live BoxingScene Scorecard Jesse Hart Drops Gavronski Twice, Stops Him In Third Round Video: Tyson Fury Promises To Spark Deontay Wilder in Vegas Video: Saunders Talks Wilder Incident, Fury Crashes Interview Shakur Stevenson Boxes Past Carlos Ruiz To Win Decision Paddy Barnes Taken To Hospital After Knockout Defeat Jennings-Dimitrenko Undercard Results From Atlantic City Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov, Robinson Castellanos Ready To Fight Carl Frampton vs. Josh Warrington Set Up For Year-End Clash Photos: Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury - Go Face To Face in Belfast Carl Frampton Breaks Down, Stops Luke Jackson in Nine Tyson Fury to Deontay Wilder: I'm Knocking You the F*** Out! Carl Frampton vs. Luke Jackson - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Tyson Fury Outboxes Francesco Pianeta, Eyes Wilder Next Tyson Fury vs. Francesco Pianeta - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Cristofer Rosales Blasts Out Paddy Barnes in Four Rounds Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder: The Best Alternative Carlos Cuadras Begins The Long Road Back in Los Mochis Tyson Fury, Frampton Doubleheader - LIVE Results From Belfast Saunders: Wilder Tried To Be a Bully, I Beat Him Up With Chicken Ismael Barroso Gears Up For Batyr Akhmedov Showdown Frank Warren: Frampton-Warrington Is a 'Huge Fight' In the UK

Latest Active Forum Threads