WBA lightweight champion Richar Abril has wished scheduled opponent Anthony Crolla all the best with his recovery after the Mancunian was ruled out of a January 23 world title challenge in his hometown.
Crolla, 28, is ‘lucky to be alive’ after he was struck over the head by a concrete slab whilst engaging in a skirmish with burglars near his home in the North West, suffering a fractured skull and a broken ankle in two places for his trouble.
Upon hearing the unfortunate news of his prospective challenger, 32 year-old Abril, who has reigned as champion since April 2013, exclusively stated the following to World Boxing News on Wednesday afternoon.
“Me and my team were very sorry to hear about this incident happening to Anthony Crolla and I am disappointed that we will not get a chance to compete against each other on January 23rd. I wish Crolla a speedy recovery.”
It is unclear at this moment whether Abril will still be fighting next month as his team told WBN nothing has yet been decided, although an update is expected to come through in the next few days.
Much sympathy has been forthcoming for Crolla since the event occured, which follows the shooting of retired UK boxer Jamie Moore and a machete attack on compatriot Kell Brook in the last few months.