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Crolla, Limond Put Friendship On Hold For Tonight's Fight

By Jake Donovan

It’s no pay-per-view appearance against Erik Morales, but a big night is still in store for British lightweight contender Anthony Crolla as he prepares to face Scotland trilalhorse Willie Limond in their 12-round regional title bout Friday evening in Motherwell, Scotland.

“I've hit the weight bang-on and now I can't wait for tomorrow night,” said Crolla (22-2, 9KO), who weighed in at the divisional limit of 135 lb. Limond was slightly lighter at 134.75 lb.  

The fight is first since making his stateside debut two months ago, struggling to a decision over Juan Montiel. Crolla appeared on the untelevised portion of the undercard to Floyd Mayweather’s fourth round knockout of Victor Ortiz.

His intention when initially crossing the pond was a televised showdown with Mexican legend Erik Morales. However, those plans changed when it was decided that Morales would instead fight for a title at 140 lb. Crolla was still given a spot on the undercard for his troubles, but left without the big fight experience originally promised. 

Promoter Frank Warren provides him with such an opportunity, as all of the bells and whistles were brought out for Friday’s showdown with Limond, which airs live on Boxnation in the UK. 

Crolla is appreciative of his promoter’s efforts and plans to reward him through hard work and what he hopes will be an emphatic victory.

“I've trained the hardest I've ever trained for this fight because Limond is good, dangerous, fighter and I'm not underestimating him. The fans are in for a great fight and then afterwards we'll shake hands and maybe have a good drink!"

The only thing Limond (34-3, 8KO) hopes to sip on is the sweet taste. 

Best known for being the first man to floor Amir Khan back in their July ’07 bout, the 32-year old Scot is in search of far more than a moral victory. He enters the fight as a close friend of Crolla, but only sees an obstacle in his way of long sought-after respect and success.

“It's all down to tomorrow night now and the best man is going to win. Crolla's the champion and I've got to take that title from him. We're putting friendship aside for 36 minutes and it's going to be a good fight between two of the best in the division.”

In the evening’s chief support, Matthew Hall and Kris Carslaw throw down in a bout to determine the next mandatory challenger for the British super welterweight title, currently held by “Prince” Arron Jones who fights next weekend. Both fighters were just under the division’s 154 lb. limit – Hall weighed 153.75 lb, Carslaw slightly lighter at 153.5 lb.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter at twitter.com/JakeNDaBox or submit questions/comments to [email protected]
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by boxerbob on 11-25-2011

this is a genuine 50-50 fight , i hope limond pulls it off as im scottish unless there is a cut i also think this fight goes the distance

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