Unfortunate lightweight star Anthony Crolla was able to return to the gym today to train for the first time since suffering injuries in a scuffle with burglars near his home.
The 28 year-old was left requiring surgery for a fractured skull and broken ankle after being struck with a concrete slab by the thieves in December, but after weeks of nurturing recovery, is delighted to once again get back to his daily routine.
“I never stopped believing this day would come from the moment I was in the hospital bed through to the operation,” Crolla told Sky Sports HQ’s Fraser Dainton at his Bolton training facility on Wednesday.
“I didn’t know it would come so soon though so I’m made up to be back. It’s good to be back with the lads. I woke up so excited this morning. It’s amazing how much you miss it.
“I believed my recovery time would be shorter than most because I’m a young fit lad and I live a clean life. I’ve got a great physio who I’ve been seeing a few times a week. I’ve followed all the stretches.
“I’ve been very lucky with the people who’ve helped me and that’s the main reason I’ve recovered so well. I can’t put a date on it just yet but for the last few weeks I’ve thought I’d be ready for May, which is a lot sooner than most people expected.
“Obviously it depends on the date (promoter) Eddie Hearn and the team can deliver so I’ve got to wait on that. I’ll be ready for a big fight then – I’ve just got to be careful I don’t rush back too soon.”
Crolla lost out on challenging talented Cuban Richar Abril in January following his spell in hospital and was ironically replaced by old rival Derry Mathews. Despite the crushing blow, the ever gracious Crolla had only nice words for the two who clash on March 6 in Liverpool.
“Richar Abril has got to make a living. He can’t wait for me to get better. He’s a world champion and he’s got a worthy challenger in Derry Matthews. It’s a fight I’m looking forward to watching,” said Crolla.
“I’m a great believer in everything happening for a reason. I’m not sure what the reason is just yet but that’ll explain itself in time and I’m very confident I’ll get that world title shot at the end of the year,” he added.