Darleys Perez eager for Anthony Crolla rematch in Manchester
WBA lightweight champion Darleys Perez hopes the much-talked-about return with recent challenger Anthony Crolla is agreed in Manchester once again, according to promoters Thompson Boxing.
The World Boxing Association have already stipulated that the pair must fight again due to controversy over the judging of their July contest and Perez is keen to head back to Crolla’s home turf to prove he can better their draw at Manchester Arena.
“We have been in contact with Team Crolla since we arrived back in the U.S., and we were looking into the rematch diligently even before the WBA ordered it. Hopefully the negotiations will be finished shortly as Darleys Perez is eager to defend his title once again in Manchester,” Alex Camponovo, matchmaker and general manager at Thompson Boxing Promotions exclusively told World Boxing News.
Many believe Crolla was robbed of his chance to become world champion as only one of the judges handed him victory on the cards despite Perez being docked two points towards the end of a closely-contested bout. Those two deductions proved to be the only thing that split the duo on my card and a second fight seemed to be best all round for those involved.
Crolla’s promoter Eddie Hearn is already looking at November 21st as a possible date for the repeat – with WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg likely to join ‘Million Dollar’ on the bill, potentially against former pound for pound number two Nonito Donaire.