On March 25, 2017, Anthony Crolla (31-6-3, 13 KOs) took on Jorge Linares (41-3, 27 KOs) for the second time in less than a year.
And for the second time, he took a loss in front of his hometown crowd at the Manchester Arena.
Crolla, who lost his WBA title to Linares in their first matchup, was knocked down and thoroughly outclassed by Linares over 12 rounds in the rematch.
Crolla recently spoke with Betsafe to reflect on his most recent loss. Crolla also took the time to discuss what will be next in his boxing career.
“I lost to the better man, a better fighter, who is probably going to be a future hall of famer,” said Crolla.
Because he has a large fan base that supports him, Crolla believes that it makes business sense for other top fighters to fight him in Manchester.
“I’m very fortunate to have the support that I have, so with the crowds that’ll be there it makes business sense for those world champions to come to Manchester,” said Crolla.
But, Crolla is not against the idea of fighting abroad and feels his fans will travel with him as well.
“America’s an attraction, because I believe I’ll take big numbers there as well,” said Crolla.
For now, Crolla will take some time to rest and will look to get back into the swing of things by the end of the year.
“I’m going to rest up, let my injuries heal and later this year will start looking at facing another world title,” said Crolla.
“I really believe I’ll have another chance to fight for a title,” said Crolla. “I believe I’ll be a champion again.”