Jorge Linares vs. Anthony Crolla II in Play For 3/25 In Manchester

By Elliot Foster

Anthony Crolla will get the chance to become a world champion again later this year.

The former WBA lightweight champion, who lost his crown in September at the hands of Venezuelan stylist Jorge Linares, has been granted the opportunity of a rematch.

Crolla lost on points at the Manchester Arena against the divisional king on that night, live on Sky Sports.


Boxing Scene understands that the 30-year-old, who won the title with a devastating five-round stoppage over Darleys Perez in November 2015, is going to get the chance to be called a world ruler once more.

With the victory, 31-year-old Linares (41-3, 27 KOs) also picked up the WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine belts.

And all three belts are set to be at stake again on March 25 when the pair meet for the second time at the aforementioned Manchester Arena. Sky Sports will once again air the contest.

‘Million Dollar' reigned supreme as the WBA champ in the 135-pound division for just 10 months, a stint which included a sensational victory over feared puncher Ismael Barroso in May, but the rollercoaster story looks set to continue as Crolla looks to get back to the top table alongside the likes of Manchester rival Terry Flanagan, the WBO champion with whom a showdown has been mooted for some time, as well as WBC king Dejan Zlaticanin and IBF champion Robert Easter Jr.

For Linares, another victory over Crolla would cement his position as the number one at lightweight.

Official confirmation of the rematch from promoter Eddie Hearn is expected in due course.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by yngwie on 12-28-2016

The thing about this fight is that even when the fight was close, Crolla couldn't have done better, in a rematch the only thing that can change is Linares beating him even clearer.

Comment by bigdunny1 on 12-27-2016

Crolla was completely outclassed the first fight. There is no need for a rematch, it's about money. Linares will school this kid again, easy money.

Comment by knockoutkid on 12-27-2016

will paul smith be in a six rounder? joe Gallagher needs to throw in the towel.

Comment by jonnyc420 on 12-27-2016

First fight was somewhat close but had a clear winner. I expect Linares to make this an even more convincing win maybe even a stoppage this time around. Crolla had his feel good moment but that has ended.

Comment by Corelone on 12-27-2016

Crolla is giving me fits. I like an underdog, but this is an underdog with benefits. Back in Manchester? That doesn't make any sense. Who wants to see the home town hero get beat? How do you promote a fight…

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