Anthony Crolla vs Jorge Linares II WBA And WBC Diamond Plus Ring Magazine Lightweight World Title Official Onsite Full Ticket

Anthony Crolla vs Jorge Linares II WBA And WBC Diamond Plus Ring Magazine Lightweight World Title Official Onsite Full Ticket

Anthony Crolla vs Jorge Linares II WBA & WBC Diamond plus Ring Magazine lightweight World title official on-site £100 full ticket billed "Repeat Or Revenge", 25th March 2017, Manchester Arena (formerly M.E.N Arena), Manchester.

Linares W unanimous decision
The classy Linares was just too good for Crolla as he claimed a thumping unanimous points win to leave the Mancunian heartbroken for a second time.

Crolla gave it his all in front of his fans at the Manchester Arena in his bid to regain his WBA lightweight title, but he could not counter Linares’ range of shots, particularly his uppercut.

The WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring magazine title holder cut Crolla above his left eye before felling him in the seventh.

Crolla did well to last the 12 rounds of their rematch and prove he has the heart to come again.

The brilliant Linares won more convincingly this time and the judges scored it 118-109.

*WBA World Lightweight title rematch between Linares and Crolla. Scoring: 118-109, 118-109, 118-109 for Linares. All judges in agreement.

*Also sanctioned for two additional belts: World Boxing Council World Lightweight Diamond belt, and Ring Magazine World Lightweight title.

*Linares dropped Crolla to his knees with a left uppercut in round 7. Crolla argued with his corner after round 11 to give him 'one more round'.

*Both fighters warned for low blows in the twelfth and final round, brief stop in the action by referee Howard John Foster.

*With this win, Linares set up a lightweight bout with 36-0 WBC World Lightweight champion Mikey Garcia, who held Linares' ex-WBC belt.

*In the post fight interview, Linares told the ring commentator "I'm ready to fight everybody!" and thanked Oscar De La Hoya in attendance.

*Crolla, 30 years old, said he would rest, spend time with family, and (subsequently) build his career. "Tonight I lost to the best. No excuses."

*Crolla contemplated moving up to super lightweight.

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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.

Professional Career
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.

Prize Fighter
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.

World Champion
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 7 May. Barroso displayed his punch power in a chilling knockout win over Kevin Mitchell in December 2015. Crolla finished the fight with a body shot, retaining the WBA lightweight title. Crolla was behind on all three judges scorecards (56–58, 55–59 twice).

Crolla vs Linares
On 15 June it was announced on Sky Sports that a deal had been made for Crolla to fight WBC 'Diamond' champion Jorge Linares (40–3. 27 KOs) on 24 September at the Manchester Arena. Crolla's WBA World lightweight title will also be at stake as well as the Ring Magazine World championship. Crolla, who was named Ring Magazine's Most Inspirational fighter of 2015, said it would be 'a dream come true' if he can beat Linares and claim the Ring Magazine title. In front of the hometown crowd, Crolla was rocked in round 6 following a right hook as the fight went the distance. The judges scored the fight 115-114, 117-111 and 115-113 in favour of Linares. This was Crolla's first loss in 10 fights and regarded by many a close contest filled with action throughout. An immediate rematch was discussed post fight.

Crolla vs Linares II
Reports in early December suggested a rematch could possibly take place in Manchester on 25 March 2017. The winner of the rematch would then be ordered to fight the winner of the Dejan Zlaticanin vs Mikey Garcia, due to take place January, which was won by Garcia, in a unification fight. All three titles would be at stake in the rematch, with Eddie Hearn due to make an announcement in 2017. An official announcement was made on 4 January 2017, for the fight take place at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, a city which Linares said was open to returning to. The WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring magazine World lightweight titles would be at stake. The fight would be televised live on Sky Sports in the UK and on 24 January, Showtime announced they would cover the fight in the United States. Both fighters weighed in at 134.4 pounds.

On fight night, in front of 13,000 fans, Crolla was dropped in the seventh round by a left uppercut, and went the distance to lose by wider margins (119-109 on all three scorecards) than the first fight. Crolla started off well hitting to body, but Linares quickly capitalised and started connected well to the body and landing combinations of uppercuts. Linares put in a more solid and dominant performance than their first encounter. At the end of round 11, Crolla's trainer Joe Gallagher came into the ring and walked towards referee Howard John Foster, possibly to stop the fight. After Crolla pleaded with him, Gallagher allowed him to go the distance. With the win, Linares retained the WBA, The Ring and WBC Diamond lightweight titles.

In the post-fight interview, he thanked his promoter Oscar De Le Hoya for making the trip and watching him ringside and said his next move would be a big pay day in Las Vegas against WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia. Crolla apologized to the live attendance, admitted he lost to the better man and said he would be back to rebuild, "Manchester, I am so sorry I couldn't do it for you. Your support means so much to me. He caught me but before that I thought I could get to him. I got beaten by the better man - no excuses. I am 30 years old, I am going to rest, but I believe I can go again." Both fighters embraced at the final bell and showed respect. Crolla meditated around moving up to super lightweight. This was the first time Crolla had lost consecutive fights and losing to the same opponent twice after his losses to Gary Sykes in 2009 and 2012.

Jorge Linares (born August 22, 1985) from Venezuela. He is a former WBC featherweight champion and former WBA super featherweight champion and current WBC lightweight champion. Linares is currently living in Tokyo, Japan. Jorge's older brother is boxer Nelson Linares.

Amateur Career
Linares compiled an Amateur record of 89-5. Some of his other accomplishments include:

*1999 Gold Medal Venezuela's Juniors National Championship (14 years)
*1999 Gold Medal Venezuela's Juniors Venezuela Panama Dual
*2000 Silver Medal National Championship (15 years)
*2001 Gold Medal Venezuela's Junior National Championship (16 years)

Professional Career
Linares made his professional debut as a boxer managed by the Teiken Boxing Gym in December 2002. He was trained by Sendai Tanaka there, and Antonio Esparragoza who was trained by Tanaka's master Amílcar Bursa gave Linares the nickname of El Niño de Oro.

On July 21, 2007, Linares won the vacant WBC Interim World Featherweight Championship after knocking out Óscar Larios, who would later inherit his title, in the 10th round. He won his first defence of his title by an 8th round KO against Gamaliel Diaz on December 12, 2007. Linares relinquished the title on August 13, 2008 in order to move up to super featherweight.

Linares won the WBA super featherweight championship with a 5th round stoppage against Whyber Garcia on November 28, 2008. He defended it on June 27, 2009 against Josafat Perez by TKO in the 8th. Linares contracted with the Golden Boy Promotions in September 2009. Currently he is co-promoted by both Teiken Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions.

On the 10th of October in 2009, Linares lost his WBA Super Featherweight Title and his unbeaten streak when he was defeated by Juan Carlos Salgado in the first round by TKO. This stunning defeat was named Ring Magazine's 2009 Upset of the Year.

In his return fight on July 31, 2010, Linares easily defeated Mexican-American boxer Rocky Juarez by unanimous decision.

Linares defeated Mexico's Adrian Verdugo by a technical knockout in the seventh round of a ten-round lightweight bout in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico, on May 28, 2011. After that fight, Linares has trained with Freddie Roach at Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, along with the U.S. Olympic boxing team in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and served as Manny Pacquiao’s sparring partner in Baguio in the Philippines.

Linares fought for the vacant WBC lightweight title against Antonio DeMarco at the Staples Center on October 15, 2011. He outlanded DeMarco 216 to 97 in overall punches landed, but lost by TKO after suffering a major cut on his nose eventually allowing DeMarco to begin pounding on it, forcing the referee to stop the fight in the eleventh round. In addition to his own wish, Golden Boy Promotions and Teiken Promotions appealed to the WBC for a rematch.

A rematch with Antonio DeMarco had been scheduled ahead of time to take place at the Home Depot Center on July 7.

However Linares lost to Sergio Thompson in a WBC Lightweight title eliminator via a second round stoppage in Cancun, Mexico on March 31, 2012.

Linares faced Jorge Francisco Contreras on 10 November 2013, sensationally knocking out Contreras in the first round.