British lightweight contender Anthony Crolla is currently in hospital after suffering ‘serious head injuries’ whilst confronting burglars near his home.
The Mancunian was attempting to intervene as thieves were raiding a neighbours nearby house when Crolla was hit over the head with a piece of concrete.
Trainer Joe Gallagher spent the night in hospital with the talented fighter and is one of a number of boxing personnel who have rallied around Crolla since the incident happened on Tuesday.
“Thank you for all messages of support for Anthony Crolla,” said Gallagher. “(The) Hospital have been inundated with get well messages, but for today he will not be allowed any visitors as he is in theatre and needs to rest and recover. Thank you once again for (your) amazing support for an amazing man.”
It has been revealed on Wednesday morning that Crolla has suffered a fractured skull during his attempts to subdue the two men and now faces a significant period of recuperation before any decision can be made on his future.
Crolla is receiving the best treatment from doctors for his injuries, which also include a broken ankle in two places, and promoter Eddie Hearn was quick to confirm the news that ‘Million Dollar’ will miss out of challenging Richar Abril for the WBA title next month.
Any tickets purchased for the January 23 fight between Crolla and Abril at Manchester Arena will be refunded by Matchroom Boxing.