CROLLA: I WON’T END CAREER AGAINST PUSHOVER
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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