Ahead of his scheduled rematch against Darleys Perez, Manchester’s Anthony Crolla is confident of finally capturing the WBA lightweight world title.
The pair fought to a controversial draw back in July, with most expecting Crolla to get the victory on the judges’ scorecards. The result left the belt in the hands of his Colombian opponent.
Crolla (29-4-3, 11 KO) is now hoping to leave the result in no doubt.
“I’m confident of getting the title this time round and my training has been going brilliantly. I felt I did enough the last time but I will make sure of it now. A lot of people keep saying to me that a better Darleys Perez is going to turn up, but so is a better Anthony Crolla,” he exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I’m expecting an improved performance from both of us and it should be a great night. Being given the opportunity again to fight for a world title in Manchester, there is no better feeling. When I walk in to that ring, I feel like the luckiest man in the world.”
Although the 28 year-old is fully focused on his upcoming fight, Crolla is aware that victory could set up some massive fights domestically, including a potential third fight with interim champion and old foe Derry Mathews.
He said: “I’m not really sure what the situation is with Mathews, he’s due to fight Ismael Barroso, so we will just have to see how that develops. Of course, I would love that fight if we can both win and I know we would both want it. I can’t look past Perez however.
“The domestic scene is bubbling nicely at lightweight at the minute. Obviously Terry Flanagan is a quality fighter and a justified world champion and then you’ve got the likes of Mitchell and Ricky Burns, who are great, experienced fighter and they are all probably top of the British pile at the minute.
“A lot of people wrote off Burns before the Figueroa fight and said he was finished, but he proved his class and he’s still got great ability. I have no doubt that he will come again.
“Being in the same stable as the likes of Mitchell, Burns and Campbell, there is the opportunity for some great domestic clashes next year and I would love to be a part of any of them,” he added.
Matt Horan is a staff writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @mhoran123