Anthony Crolla vs Ismael Barroso WBA lightweight World title official on-site 30 page programme billed, "DANGER ZONE", 7th May 2016, Manchester Arena (formerly M.E.N Arena), Manchester.
Crolla W KO 7
Anthony Crolla stopped Ismael Barroso in the seventh round to retain his WBA lightweight title in Manchester.
In his first defence, home favourite Crolla absorbed a fast start from the previously unbeaten Venezuelan before taking control once his opponent tired.
An exhausted Barroso, 33, was counted out after sinking to the canvas following a right to the body.
"This is my house and nobody comes into my house and takes what I've got," said 29-year-old Crolla.
"I knew I could beat him. I told [promoter] Eddie Hearn that I'd beat him. It got my back up that people thought I'd avoid this fight."
Crolla has now won 31 of his 38 professional bouts, while southpaw Barroso, who had only gone beyond six rounds once before, slips to 19-1-2.
The Venezuelan attacked from the first bell, connecting with head and body shots as he tried to get the fight over as quickly as possible.
Roared on by a raucous crowd, the Mancunian stayed with him and began to take control in the fifth as the physical exertion started to tell on Barroso.
A cut appeared above the Venezuelan's eye and he slipped to the canvas in the sixth, although it was not ruled a knockdown.
However, he had nothing left a round later as the Briton sensed the opportunity to finish off his man.
Crolla added: "Barroso thought he would get me out of there after three rounds - and he did hit hard - but [trainer] Joe Gallagher got his tactics spot on.
"There was no way this title was leaving Manchester tonight. This might have just topped the night I won the world title for the first time."
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Anthony Crolla (born 16 November 1986) is a British boxer who has fought in the super featherweight and lightweight divisions. He is the current WBA lightweight champion. He won the English super featherweight title in October 2010 with a victory over Andy Morris and the British lightweight title in February 2011 with a win against John Watson.
Early Professional Career
Crolla made his professional debut on 14 October 2006 when he scored a points win over Abdul Rashid at the MEN Arena in Manchester. Five more fights throughout the rest of the year and into 2007 resulted in five more victories giving Crolla an unbeaten record of 6–0 at the end of his first full year as a professional. Crolla begun 2008 with a win in Germany on 19 January beating Tomasz Kwiecien and followed this up with another victory on 14 March, travelling to the Old Trafford Stadium to beat journeyman Steve Gethin. On 5 April however, in his third fight of the year so far, Crolla lost his unbeaten record to Syrian Youssef Al Hamidi at the Bolton Arena, losing on points over 8 rounds. Two fights in September resulted in Crolla returning to winning ways against Robin Deakin on the 6th and then travelling to the York Hall in Bethnal Green on the 26th to meet Al Hamidi once more and to gain a revenge win over six rounds. Crolla finished 2008 with further victories over Carl Allen in October and Jon Baguley in December finishing the year with a record of 12–1.
Fights With Sykes, Brodie And Morris
Crolla begun 2009 on 14 March with a repeat victory over former opponent Carl Allen and then on 29 May took part in his most significant bout to date, a British title eliminator at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke. The fight resulted in a second career defeat for Crolla as he lost a ten round points decision to Gary Sykes. On 25 September he returned to the ring and scored another victory over an opponent he had already met, Jon Baguley and then on 27 November met and defeated the former World champion Michael Brodie who had returned to the ring following a long lay off. He continued his winning run in 2010 with victories over Jason Nesbitt, Sid Razak and Chris Riley before on 2 October challenging Andy Morris for the English super featherweight title. The fight at the De Vere Whites hotel in Bolton resulted in a 7th round stoppage for Crolla and a first career title.
British Lightweight Champion
Crolla stepped up a weight division when on 12 February 2011 he challenged John Watson for the vacant British lightweight title. Described as an "early contender for fight of the year" Crolla won the fight in the 9th round after scoring a 9th round knockout. Describing his move up a weight division after the fight Crolla said "I knew I’d be strong enough at lightweight, but I didn’t know I’d be that strong. I’m in with strong kids in the gym all the time and they say my strength is underrated. But even I couldn’t believe how strong I was." On 21 April 2012 Crolla lost his British Lightweight Title to 28-year-old Liverpudlian Derry Matthews at the Oldham Sports Centre. Matthews knocked Crolla down in the 3rd round, and the fight was eventually stopped with 4 seconds remaining in the 6th round.
In September 2012 Crolla entered the Prize Fighter tournament beating Stephen Jennings in the quarter finals in what many felt was the best display of the night. Crolla reached the semi-final stage, losing a very close points decision that could have gone either way to Gary Sykes.
Fight With Kieran Farrell
Kieran Farrell was at the time a young up and coming prospect that had beaten the 14 opponents put before him. His new promoter Dave Coldwell fancied his fighters chances against Crolla, feeling he may be on the slide. Crolla beat Farrell; just after the final bell Farrell collapsed and was rushed to hospital. He had suffered a brain injury during the contest and will no longer be able to box.
Matthews 'The Rematch'
The rematch took place and the fight ended in what was as clear a draw as you could expect. The fight started with Crolla being very cautious and allowing Matthews to score without much reply. The middle rounds were closer and Crolla took the later rounds.
WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight Title
On 30 June 2013, Crolla beat former WBA light-welterweight World champion Gavin Rees with a majority decision at the Bolton Arena.
World Title Cancellation
Crolla was scheduled to fight Richar Abril of Cuba for the WBA World lightweight title in January 2015.
This fight was cancelled after Crolla suffered a broken ankle and a fractured skull during a burglary. Crolla confronted two burglars who were raiding a neighbour’s house. Crolla was able to catch one of the intruders, but was then attacked by the other with a lump of concrete.
Crolla was crowned World champion when he defeated WBA lightweight champion Darleys Perez with a fifth round stoppage. The stoppage came after a body shot crumpled Perez to the canvas. This was a rematch after their first fight ended in a controversial draw in July 2015.
Crolla vs Barroso
Crolla made his first defence of his WBA lightweight title against mandatory challenger Ismael Barroso at the Manchester Arena on May 7. Barroso displayed his punch power in a chilling knockout win over Kevin Mitchell in December 2015. Crolla had his tactics spot on during the fight and after Barosso wore himself out, Crolla finished the fight with a body shot retaining the WBA lightweight title.
Name: Ismael Barroso
Birth Name: Ismael Jose Barroso Bernay
Born: 27-01-1983 (Age:33)
Birthplace: El Tigre, Venezuela
Hometown: El Tigre, Venezuela
Height: 5′ 8½″ / 174cm
Reach: 69″ / 175cm
Trainer/Manager: Osmiri “Moro Jr” Fernandez
Ismael Barroso vs Kevin Mitchell
The year ended on a sour note for Mitchell on 12 December 2015, as he made another attempt at vying for a World title. On the line was the WBA interim lightweight title, and facing him was Ismael Barroso, a then-unknown power puncher who came in with a near-perfect knockout record. From the opening round, Mitchell was unable to fend off the undefeated southpaw, who knocked him down three times. By the fifth round, the referee spared Mitchell from further damage and stopped the fight. Immediately afterwards, Mitchell had to be given oxygen by ringside doctors.