Emotional Crolla handed July 18 world title shot, faces Perez in Manchester

Phil Jay 13/05/2015
Anthony Crolla

Lawrence Lustig

Anthony Crolla will belatedly fight for the WBA lightweight title on July 18th, Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn announced at an emotional press conference on Wednesday.

The 28 year-old suffered a crushing blow just before Christmas when he was attacked by youths he chased following a burglary – which resulted in Crolla suffering a fractured skull and a broken ankle.

The incident put an end to a scheduled crack at then WBA title holder Richar Abril in January, although Crolla will now get a second chance against Colombinan Darleys Perez.

Perez was handed the 135lb championship by the World Boxing Association last month as Abril pulled out of two defences against Crolla rival Derry Mathews and will put it on the line for the first time at Manchester Arena.

Crolla fought back tears as he spoke to media in regards to his boxing return on the back of what has been a long recovery for the likeable former British champion, who fully deserves his opportunity to shine in the summer.

Perez v Crolla forms part of the Scott Quigg v Kiko Martinez ‘High Stakes’ event which was rubberstamped on Tuesday that will also include a British title shot for Sam Eggington and Chris Jenkins v Tyrone Nurse for the 147lb Lonsdale Belt.

Tickets for Quigg v Martinez and Perez v Crolla on July 18 at Manchester Arena are on sale now priced £40, £60, £80, £100, £150 and £300 VIP here