The packed final press conference took place in Manchester on Thursday ahead of the huge showdown between Anthony Crolla and Jorge Linares.
The pair will be commencing battle once again with the WBA lightweight, Ring Magazine and WBC Diamond titles on the line at Manchester Arena.
Their first encounter was an enthralling yet exhausting fight with Linares emerging victorious via a unanimous decision. Around 15,000 fans are set to be attending on Saturday night to support the Mancunian in his bid to reclaim the title over the Venezuelan.
Promoter Eddie Hearn expects the rematch to be another magnificent spectacle for the boxing fans but believes the fight will differ from their previous fight in September.
“I think that Linares has got to be better this time to beat Crolla. After the first fight, you would have to say Linares is the favourite for the fight but Anthony’s more impressive as a challenger and he’s worked so hard with Joe Gallagher. He’s got that something in his eyes that tells me he is going to win on Saturday night,” Hearn exclusively told World Boxing News in Manchester.
“The first fight was stunning I think the second one will be just as good and I don’t think it will last the full 12-rounds, I can see a knock-out. Last time was great and the second one is going to be stunning. There could be a trilogy but before that can happen the winner is going to get ordered to face Mikey Garcia which is a huge fight.”
“Last time was great and the second one is going to be stunning. There could be a trilogy but before that can happen the winner is going to get ordered to face Mikey Garcia which is a huge fight.”
Irish superstar Katie Taylor is on the undercard as she will face former World title challenger Milena Kolena.
She put on an extraordinary display to see off Italian Monica Gentili with a TKO in round 5 last month at the 02 Arena and Hearn has been hugely impressed with her performances. He revealed she could be fighting for a world-title by the end of the year.
“I think she’s probably two or three fights away from fighting for a world title and she is phenomenal. She’s the real deal and people love watching her fight, she’s so likeable, so determined, a great athlete and a role model to women’s boxing.
“Women boxers are now turning professional and they all know she is the real deal and can transcend the sport. If women’s boxing is going to make it then it’s going to be because of Katie Taylor,” he added.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95