Expect fireworks in the opening rounds as Anthony Crolla and Jorge Linares battle in Manchester
Anthony Crolla takes on Jorge Linares in a rematch for the WBA World Lightweight title in Manchester on Saturday night.
The pair last met in September, with the Venezuelan dominating the Mancunian to secure a unanimous points decision.
However, I expect this fight to have a completely different narrative.
Linares enters this fight with a 41–3 (27 KO) record, winning ten of his last fights.
With hand-speed and movement that would trouble every boxer in the lightweight division, the Venezualan is a class act.
A better boxer, and more skilled than his British counterpart, he’ll dictate the tempo of this fight as he looks to wear down a boxer that never gives up.
Crolla enters the rematch with a 31–5–3 record that includes 13 knockouts.
Winning six of his last nine fights, he’ll be desperate to avenge his previous loss to ‘The Golden Boy’ in front of rabid home support.
Before these two fights though, Crolla’s never fought someone of Linares’ calibre.
A three weight-world champion, his opponent first claimed a world title in 2007, and is far too experienced to rest on his own laurels.
The Mancunian’s best chance is to look for a TKO/KO later on in the fight.
He’ll know himself that his opponent’s previous losses have come as a result of extensive bleeding, and Crolla’s best chance may be to attack early.
However, Linares will be heads into the fight supremely confident, thinking he’s already beaten the best ‘Million Dolla’ there is.
The 31-year-old will be looking to make a statement on Saturday night, as he looks to stake a claim as the #1 P4P fighter in the world.
I can’t see the fight going the distance. Crolla won’t outbox his opponent after 12 rounds, whereas Linares will want to go one better than last time.
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