CROLLA AIMS TO HIT VEGAS JACKPOT
ANTHONY CROLLA bids to shine brighter than the Las Vegas strip when he boxes in the world fight capital on Saturday night.
The British lightweight champion faces Mexican Juan Montiel in his Sin City debut on the Victor Ortiz-Floyd Mayweather Jr undercard.
Mancunian Crolla had been training to fight Mexican legend Erik Morales at the MGM Grand Garden, but the fight collapsed.
Crolla, who will have 300 fans roaring him on, said: “I was devastated when the Morales fight fell through, but these things happen.
“If someone had told me when I turned professional that one day I would box on a major card like this I would have been made up.
“I still have a chance to shine and if I put on a good show it can only increase my chances of getting a major fight.
“I even cancelled a summer holiday, but it was worth it because I now have this fantastic opportunity.”
Crolla, 24, who arrived in the world’s fight capital at the weekend, believes Montiel will provide a stern test despite having won just five of 12 fights.
Crolla, who once auditioned for the X Factor but only lasted a minute in front of judges singing a Backstreet Boys song, has won 21 of his 23 professional contests.
He believes the bout will be ideal preparation for a forthcoming British title defence against Scot Willie Limond.
He added: “Ignore Montiel’s record. He is no mug and last time out he drew with Carlos Molina, who was 14-0 until then.
“I have been in the gym all summer and I can use this fight as part of my training for the Limond fight.
“Some might say this is a big risk, but to appear on the same bill as Mayweather is a dream come true.
“The offer to fight on the card came in a text when I was asleep. I looked at it, fell back asleep and thought it had been a dream.”
SVEN GORAN ERIKSSON is scrapping to save his job at Leicester and faces FIVE crunch games to avoid the axe.
The Foxes’ Thai owners are understood to be growing increasingly concerned after an average start to the season.
The former England coach forked out over £12million in the summer – but the title favourites have only picked up two Championship wins so far this season.
Leicester’s board are prepared to stump up even more cash in the New Year to fulfil their burning ambition of taking the Foxes into the Premier League.
But Eriksson is certain to face the sack if he fails to mastermind a revival this month – after being told that missing out on promotion will be “a big failure”.
Chairman Vichai Raksriaksorn’s son Apichet said: “I expect us to challenge for the Championship title and be in the Premier League next season.
“If we can’t get up to the top tier soon, at least within the next few seasons, we will view that as a big failure.
“For me, it will be very disappointing if it doesn’t happen this season.”
Eriksson faces Championship pace-setters Brighton this weekend before two visits to Cardiff in the Carling Cup and Championship.
Leicester then play Middlesbrough and local rivals Derby and Eriksson badly needs wins after a recruitment drive never before seen in the Championship.
Jermaine Beckford’s arrival on deadline day was his 12th signing – and if there is a rapid improvement Sven has been promised even more cash to spend in the New Year.
Raksriaksorn added: “Sven has all the say on what and who he wants.
“He has assembled a strong squad. However, if he feels he needs to add to it, we will back him during the next transfer window with whatever funds and resources he needs.”
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