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Hearn: Crolla Granted Title Rematch With Perez By WBA

Anthony Crolla has been granted a rematch with Darleys Perez for the WBA World Lightweight champion following their controversial fight in Manchester on July 18.

Crolla produced a superb performance with the Colombian at the Manchester Arena and looked to have landed the belt after Perez had two points deducted for low blows in the latter rounds, only for the fight to be ruled a majority draw much to the dismay of the Manchester man and the packed home crowd.

‘Million Dollar’ now gets an immediate chance to land the crown and both Crolla and his promoter Eddie Hearn expressed their delight at the decision.

“When I heard the news I was honestly close to tears,” said Crolla. “Not getting that decision was hard to take but I was so grateful to even be part of such a great night and no one can ever take those memories away from me. Now I get another chance and I'm more determined than ever. The people of Manchester and the UK have been incredible and I can't wait to get back in there and face Perez again.”

“I cannot tell you how happy I am with this news,” said Hearn. “Anthony Crolla should be World champion. He hasn’t moaned, he hasn’t sulked and now he has his chance all over again. I would like to thank the WBA for making the right decision and the public for all their support of Anthony. I hope Manchester is ready for something special.

“We are already in negotiations with Perez’s team and we expect to announce the date of the rematch very soon.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by knockoutkid on 07-30-2015

they can put smith vs a cabbie on it too, seing as rebrasse exposed him and gallaghers delusions of fighting degale or groves as pure fantasy.

Comment by SalimShady1212 on 07-30-2015

First fight I had Crolla winning but it was hardly emphatic, if they stack the undercard I'll go to it.

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 07-30-2015

Fight was pretty boring. Perez was a huge disappointment considering I had him to win by KO. Crolla outworked him mostly and thought he should have got it. I have no real interest in watching the rematch but I guess…

Comment by Chrismart on 07-30-2015

Crolla fought well, and i had him winning the fight. I've got a feeling that the rematch might be similar to the Smith Vs Abraham fights though, were the champion bites down and gets the job done second time around.

Comment by knockoutkid on 07-30-2015

so this means perez has to fight again for free? he must be bummed. Still he should win the rematch if he can sort his footwork out.

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