CROLLA: I WON’T END CA­REER AGAINST PUSHOVER

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sports - BY TOM HOP­KIN­SON

AN­THONY CROLLA in­sists he won’t pick a ‘patsy’ for what will likely be the fi­nal fight of his ca­reer.

The 32-year-old Man­cu­nian, who held the WBA World light­weight ti­tle be­tween 2015 and 2016, is set to bring down the cur­tain in front of his home city fans later this year.

It fol­lows his fi­nal bid to win a world ti­tle — a fourth-round knock­out at the hands of WBA Su­per World and WBO World light­weight champ Va­syl Lo­machenko in April.

Crolla said: “I’ll be back out later in the year and there’s a good chance it will be my last fight.

“It will be Manch­ester Arena, I don’t know any dates yet but it will prob­a­bly be Oc­to­ber or Novem­ber time, and it’ll be a de­cent op­po­nent.

“I’ve boxed for a num­ber of years at a high level and I don’t be­lieve in go­ing out against an op­po­nent who’ll just be there to be beaten.

“How do I hope to be re­mem­bered? As a for­mer world cham­pion who beat other world-level fight­ers, a gen­uine world cham­pion who never ducked any­one.”

LUKE CAMP­BELL will face Va­syl Lo­machenko for the WBC, WBA, WBO and Ring Mag­a­zine light­weight ti­tles on Satur­day, Au­gust 31 at Lon­don’s O2 Arena.

Camp­bell said: “I can knock out any­one that I hit right. I be­lieve I am one of the big­gest punch­ers in the di­vi­sion. This is go­ing to be the tough­est fight of my life but I’m pre­pared for it.”

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