Exclusive: Gallagher lauds the total respect between Crolla and Linares

Joe Hewlett 25/03/2017

Lawrence Lustig

Anthony Crolla’s trainer Joe Gallagher knows the task ahead going into tonight’s fight at the MEN Arena in Manchester.

The clash will see crowd favourite Crolla attempting to regain the WBA lightweight and Ring Magazine titles from Jorge Linares. It will be the seventh time Crolla has headlined the MEN Arena as he prepares for another battle with the Venezuelan. Gallagher, the Ring Magazine & UK boxing trainer of 2015 believes the crowd will play a pivotal part again for the rematch between the pair.

“It’s a definite advantage, being the home fighter is crucial especially when you look at who Anthony is fighting. People must understand he is fighting a four-time world champion from three different weights. In 10-years’ time people will look back at him being one of the good modern day fighters,” Gallagher exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Linares has travelled all over the world and it won’t make any difference to him but for Anthony it will be a big boost, especially when things get tough – the roaring crowd will spurn him on.”

The likes of Tony Bellew, David Haye, Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora have all been part of huge grudge matches in recent months.

Their fights have attracted controversy along the way with punches thrown in press conferences as well as tables being thrown. With no animosity between Crolla and Linares, this fight is prime example of how fighters can do their talking in the ring.

Gallagher has admitted he much prefers the way both have conducted their selves ahead of the rematch.

“Both have behaved like gentlemen as they have been very respectful of each other inside and outside the ring. They shake hands, knock lumps out of each other and then shake hands after the fight. Both men have had speed bumps in their career and have comeback from defeats. They will once again both be putting their careers on the line Saturday night.

“The fight is relevant in terms of boxing with the titles on the line. Showtime will also be broadcasting the fight over in America – It’s a proper boxing fight,” he added.

The undercard begins at 17.10pm with coverage beginning at 19.00pm on Sky Sports 1

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95