Exclusive: Gallagher talks Crolla rematch chances, Quigg return

Joe Hewlett 20/01/2017

Stacey Verbeek

Anthony Crolla is hoping for revenge when he faces Jorge Linares in the hotly anticipated rematch at the M.E.N arena on March 25.

His trainer Joe Gallagher has admitted Crolla needs to be fully focussed if he’s to avenge his defeat.

“Anthony is looking good and is training as hard as ever and Jorge will be too. Last time it was a gruelling fight and I expect the same this time around,” Gallagher exclusively told World Boxing News.

“We know there needs to be some adjustments this time around if Anthony is going to win. He needs to be fully focused and he will be. He’s a great lad and a big star in boxing, you just have to look at his last fight and he sold 12,500 tickets by himself.”

As always, there aren’t enough hours in the day for Gallagher whose heavy workload includes training the likes of Callum Smith and Scott Quigg, just the way he likes it.

He said: “I sometimes have a Sunday off and spend it with the family but I am blessed to have the job I’ve got.”

Scott Quigg was last in action on AJ’s undercard in December and is expected to continue his comeback at Wembley in March, according to Gallagher.

“I’m not too sure on his opponent but I think he’ll next be fighting at Wembley. He looked great in his last fight and I think there were a lot of people who were impressed by him.

“It was a struggle for him making super bantamweight and I think it was evident in his last fight against Frampton. He loves being in the gym and there is so much more to Scott that people haven’t seen in the ring. I see it every day in training.

“The featherweight division is a great division and there are so many fights out there for Scott including the likes of Selby and Gary Russell Jr. Like Crolla and Smith, he has a big following and can sell out and headline shows,” pointed out Gallagher.

Joe Hewlett is a staff writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @Hewlett95