Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Crolla's Title Winning Punch Influenced By Hatton's Work

By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star

ANTHONY CROLLA got it right when he claimed Ricky Hatton would have been proud of the body shot that earned him the WBA lightweight crown.

On November 21st of last year, the Manchester fighter stopped Colombian Darleys Perez in the fifth round to take the WBA strap.

It was a vicious and accurate left hook to the midriff that sent Perez to the floor and he could not beat the count as Crolla became Britain’s 10th reigning world champion.

Hatton was famous for finishing fights in such manner during his prime at Manchester Arena.

Crolla, 29, was high up in the nosebleed seats back then cheering on his boxing icon, but now he was the one sinking in the sickening body shot to win a world title.

He said: “I used to save up all my pocket money to have enough to buy a ticket to come see Ricky at this arena.

“I’ve seen a few from him over that time.

“But I was so happy with my shot and I don’t want to say ‘I’ve done a Ricky Hatton’ but I think he would have been proud of that.”

It was a year ago that Crolla was lying in hospital with a fractured skull and broken ankle wondering if his boxing career was over after getting hit by a concrete slab as he chased burglars from a neighbour’s house.

The Manchester man was lucky to be alive, but had the drive to battle back like he had done so many times before in a 37-fight career that includes three defeats and four draws.

One of those draws would come in July on his return to the ring in the first fight with Perez at the same venue.

Crolla felt hard done by that night and many agreed, but he was simply too nice to go ranting and raving calling for a rematch.

His promoter Eddie Heard would deliver it though and Crolla ensured the judges could not take it from him this time in front of 8,000 loud fans in the same venue as the first fight.

Crolla was patient in the first round, but Perez was probably getting the better of the jab exchanges.

The crowd that sung their man’s name loudly before the opening bell started to go quiet as the fight looked ready to turn into a tactical battle.

Crolla was successful with a couple of right hands in the second, but the Colombian looked confident as he continued to pop out the jab.

The third followed in similar fashion, but ‘Million Dollar’ started to look on the money in the fourth as two right uppercuts on the inside broke through Perez’s guard.

However, it was a body shot that ended the bout and caused chaos in the crowd.

Crolla’s patience was rewarded as he finally backed Perez onto the ropes before firing a right upper cut that glanced on the defending champion.

But the gap for the left hook to the body opened up as Perez raised his guard and Crolla took advantage to sink in a superb shot.

Crolla watched as referee Terry O’Connor counted and, as the official got closer to 10, the smile started to widen on the challenger’s face.

The fairytale was complete as Crolla went from hospital bed to world champion in less than 12 months.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Hearn: Povetkin Extremely Dangerous, AJ Will Make a Statement Fabian Maidana vs. Andrey Klimov Lands on Garcia-Easter News: Mykquan Williams, Roney Hines, Frank Galarza, More Carl Frampton vs. Luke Jackson - Undercard Update - 2 Team Lomachenko: Pacquiao Must Go To 135 - No Catch-Weight! Manny Pacquiao: I Still Have Two or Three Fights Left in Me Photos: Manny Pacquiao Arrives Home To a Hero's Welcome Andrew Moloney vs. Luis Concepcion on September 8 Joshua-Povetkin Officially Announced; 9/22 at Wembley Stadium Trainer: I Guarantee Mikey Garcia Will Regret Facing Easter! Pacquiao 'Thinking About' Working With Freddie Roach Again Pacquiao: Khan, Crawford, Lomachenko All Potential Opponents Callum Johnson Warns: Beterbiev Will Know He's Been in a Fight! Liam Smith Confident of Shocking Jaime Munguia, Explains Why British and English Title News: Askin vs. Okolie Sent To Bids Pacquiao Wants Next Fight In U.S.; Arum Says Tax Debt Not $20M Horn's Promoter: Pacquiao's Win Proves He's Not Past It! Pacquiao: If Mayweather Comes Back - Let's Do a Second One! Pacquiao's Win Over Matthysse A Blessing And A Curse Atlas: Pacquiao Beat a Heavy Bag; Diminished Matthysse Quit! Pacquiao: Matthysse Was Hurt From The Punches, Looked Scared Pacquiao Says Buboy Warned Him To Avoid 'Marquez' Mistakes Jose Pedraza Expects a Very Tough Outing With Ray Beltran Manny Pacquiao: Do I Look Old? I'm Back! Lucas Matthysse is Not Sure About The Future of His Career Usyk: I Have No Fear of Fighting Murat Gassiev in Russia Jeff Horn Calls Out Manny Pacquiao For a Rematch Pacquiao: From Round 1, I Knew He Couldn't Handle My Power! Brandon Cook: Brook Fight is Off, Brook Has Ankle Injury Pacquiao Gives High Praise To Buboy as New Head Trainer RBF Exec: We Secured QF/SF Fights For The WBSS Season 2 Pacquiao: Like I Said - I'm Not Gone From Boxing, I'm Still Here! Photos: Pacquiao Crushes Matthysse For First KO Win Since 09 Photos: Regis Prograis Breaks Down Velasco For TKO, WBSS Slot Photos: Teofimo Lopez Beats Down, Stops William Silva Rocky Fielding: I'd Love An ECHO Arena Defense of WBA Title Philippines Prez Wants Pacquiao To Retire on Back of Big Win Matthysse: My Head is Raised, I Lost To a Legend in Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao: It Was a Long Time Ago Since I've Done That! Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse - CompuBox Punch Stats
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement