Crolla Fueled To Make a Statement in Perez Rematch

Anthony Crolla will be 'even better' when he attempts to take Darleys Perez's WBA world lightweight title second time around.

Crolla took the fight to the champion at the Manchester Arena in July and his challenge was strengthened when the Colombian was docked two points for low blows.

But to the despair of Crolla and a partisan home crowd a majority draw allowed Perez to keep his title.

The WBA swiftly ordered a rematch following an appeal from promoter Eddie Hearn and amid talks for another clash in Manchester in November, Crolla is adamant he can put the result beyond doubt.

The 28-year-old told Sky Sports: "I'm going to be preparing for a better Perez but I'll be better myself.

"I'm back and ticking over already. We won't start the hard work just yet but by November, I'll be better than the Anthony Crolla who boxed in July.

"[Trainer] Joe Gallagher is enjoying a well-deserved vacation himself at the moment. He's back in midweek and he said we're going to have a sit down and talk about little changes in the build-up. I'm not sure what they are yet but once we've discussed them, we'll start working on them.

"Hopefully, Scott [Quigg] will be on in November too and we'll be on the same bill again. That's the ideal scenario. We'll be training with each other side-by-side and I know Eddie is in talks to get a big name for Scott that night so there'll be bums on seats again.

"I've got more fuel to the fire now. I want the decision that I feel I should have got last time. I've got no problem with motivating myself for a world title shot.

"We're looking for mid-to-late November. We're going to try and do it again in Manchester. It certainly makes business sense for them to come over here again.

"The crowd were getting behind me any time there was anything like success. They were fantastic. The ringwalk and boxing in front of a crowd like that made it a special night for me.

"I've only watched the fight once because it was a bit gutting. I tried to be unbiased but I struggled to see how I didn't get the decision. I thought without the points deductions I'd still done enough by two so I though that with those it was cemented."

Should Crolla fall short in his bid to become a world champion, he will find himself thrown back in to a competitive queue of domestic lightweights as the likes of Kevin Mitchell, Ricky Burns and Derry Mathews pursue world honours.

Crolla was ringside for Luke Campbell's 10th-round stoppage of Tommy Coyle on Saturday and feels the Olympic champion is another one to be taken very seriously.

The Mancunian added: "He's one of the very best amateurs we've ever produced but the way he's adjusted to the style of the professionals is something I've got massive respect for.

"I know he's had an Olympic final but he handled a really big occasion in his own city the other night. He didn't get caught up in the atmosphere once and he was very impressive.

"My three other names would be Kevin Mitchell - he proved last time out with the Jorge Linares fight that he's world class; you've got Terry Flanagan, who's the WBO champion and a very, very good fighter; and then you've got your man who boxed at the weekend - Ricky Burns - who looked well and is ready to get back in to it.

"I think Luke would be up there with them. In another year's time, you're looking at Luke Campbell being world champion. I certainly believe he will step up to that level but maybe there'll be another few learning fights before his big shot.

"To do what he's done as an amateur and then look a certainty to win a world title as a professional is just massive."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by knockoutkid on 08-05-2015

dont like crolla he's a fake nice guy, wolf in sheeps clothing probably.

Comment by richardt on 08-05-2015

If anyone ever deserved a rematch it is Crolla. He showed he belongs at the top.

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