|Height||5 ft 8 1⁄2 in (174 cm)|
|Reach||67 in (170 cm)|
|Born||16 November 1986|
|Wins by KO||13|
Anthony Crolla (born 16 November 1986) is a British professional boxer. He held the WBA lightweight title from 2015 to 2016, and the British lightweight title from 2011 to 2012. During his world title reign, he was ranked as the world's fifth best active lightweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Professional career
- 2.1 Early career
- 2.2 Career from 2009–2011
- 2.3 British lightweight champion
- 2.4 Career from 2013–2014
- 2.5 WBA lightweight champion
- 2.6 Consecutive defeats
- 2.7 Comeback trail
- 3 Professional boxing record
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Crolla made his professional contest on 14 October 2006 when he scored a points win over Abdul Rashid at the MEN Arena in Manchester. Five more fights throughout the rest of the year and into 2007 resulted in five more victories giving Crolla an unbeaten record of 6–0 at the end of his first full year as a professional. Crolla begun 2008 with a win in Germany on 19 January beating Tomasz Kwiecien and followed this up with another victory on 14 March, traveling to the Old Trafford Stadium to beat journeyman Steve Gethin. On 5 April however, in his third fight of the year so far, Crolla lost his unbeaten record to Syrian Youssef Al Hamidi at the Bolton Arena, losing on points over 8 rounds. Two fights in September resulted in Crolla returning to winning ways against Robin Deakin on the 6th and then traveling to the York Hall in Bethnal Green on the 26th to meet Al Hamidi once more and to gain a revenge win over six rounds. Crolla finished 2008 with further victories over Carl Allen in October and Jon Baguley in December finishing the year with a record of 12–1.
Career from 2009–2011
Crolla begun 2009 on 14 March with a repeat victory over former opponent Carl Allen and then on 29 May took part in his most significant bout to date, a British title eliminator at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke. The fight resulted in a second career defeat for Crolla as he lost a ten-round points decision to Gary Sykes. On 25 September, he returned to ring and scored another victory over an opponent he had already met, Jon Baguley and then on 27 November met and defeated the former world champion Michael Brodie who had returned to the ring following a long lay off. He continued his winning run in 2010 with victories over Jason Nesbitt, Sid Razak and Chris Riley before on 2 October challenging Andy Morris for the English super featherweight title. The fight at the De Vere Whites hotel in Bolton resulted in a 7th round stoppage for Crolla and a first career title.
British lightweight champion
Crolla stepped up a weight division when on 12 February 2011 he challenged John Watson for the vacant British lightweight title. Described as an "early contender for fight of the year" Crolla won the fight in the 9th round after scoring a 9th-round knockout. Describing his move up a weight division after the fight Crolla said "I knew I'd be strong enough at lightweight, but I didn't know I'd be that strong. I'm in with strong kids in the gym all the time and they say my strength is underrated. But even I couldn't believe how strong I was." On 16 March, Crolla vs. Gavin Rees was added to the Amir Khan-Paul McCloskey WBA title fight undercard on 16 April at the MEN Arena in Manchester. Rees pulled out of the fight on 24 March due to a nose injury.
On 21 April 2012, Crolla lost his British lightweight title to 28-year-old Liverpudlian Derry Matthews at the Oldham Sports Centre. Matthews knocked Crolla down in the 3rd round, and the fight was eventually stopped with four seconds remaining in the 6th round.
In September 2012, Crolla entered the Prize-Fighter Series for lightweights. The tournament took place on 6 October at the Liverpool Olympia. Entering the tournament, Crolla was the favourite to win. A day earlier it was announced that Crolla would fight Stephen Jennings in the quarter finals. Crolla won the fight after 3 rounds in what many felt was the best display of the night. Crolla reached the semi-final stage, losing a very close points decision that could have gone either way to Gary Sykes. Sykes went on to lose to Terry Flanagan in the final.
Crolla vs. Farrell
Kieran Farrell was at the time a young up and coming prospect that had beaten the 14 opponents put before him. His new promoter Dave Coldwell fancied his fighters chances against Crolla, feeling he may be on the slide. Crolla beat Farrell; just after the final bell Farrell collapsed and was rushed to hospital. He had suffered a brain injury during the contest and would no longer be able to box.
Career from 2013–2014
Crolla vs. Matthews II
A rematch between Crolla and Matthews took place on 30 March 2013. The fight ended in draw, with one judge scoring the fight 115-115, whilst the remaining two gave Crolla and Matthews 115-113 apiece. Crolla started the fight very cautious and allowed Matthews to score without much reply. The middle rounds were closer and Crolla took the later rounds.
WBO Inter-Continental title
On 30 June 2013, Crolla upset former WBA light-welterweight champion Gavin Rees (37-2-1, 18 KOs) with a majority decision at the Bolton Arena in Bolton. The judges scored it 115-113 and 116-113 to Crolla, with one scoring it 115-115. The fight was scheduled to take place on the undercard of David Haye vs. Manuel Charr, but that fight was called of when Haye suffered a hand injury.
Crolla was scheduled to make his first defence of the title on the undercard of Carl Froch vs. George Groves at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester against former WBU and European super featherweight champion Stephen Foster Jr. (31-4-1, 18 KO) on 23 November 2013. Foster was a late step in, as originally, Crolla was due to fight Martin Gethin for the British title. Foster was due to fight Michael Katsidis in Australia, but pulled out to fight Crolla in his hometown instead. Foster took a beating, retiring on his stool after six rounds, giving Crolla the stoppage win. Crolla returned to the Phones 4u Arena on 19 April 2014 against British boxer John Murray. The fight was billed as the 'Battle of Manchester'. It was known that Crolla and Murray former gym pals and friends outside of the ring. Crolla won the fight via a 10th round stoppage, in a brutal fight. After the fight, Crolla told Sky Sports, "It was even tougher than I expected. No matter how tough that looked, me and John were the luckiest men in this arena." Murray admitted the best man won.
Crolla made his third and final defence on 13 September against Mexican boxer Gamaliel Díaz at the Phones 4u Arena. In the third round, following an accidental clash of heads, Díaz was left with a bad cut over the eye and not able to continue. The fight was ruled a technical draw after the round. Crolla was unsure whether Díaz had the desire to continue. He told Sky Sports, “I’m not speaking bad of Gamaliel Díaz. It’s a technical draw, the doctor ruled he was unable to continue, but I felt like he was happy with that.“ Promoter Eddie Hearn later went on to say, “I’ll speak to the doctor because if the fighter chooses not to continue then I don’t believe it’s a technical draw. If the referee stops the fight on the advice of the doctor then it is a technical draw, but it looked like he didn’t want to come out. I think he was happy to accept the technical draw.”
World title cancellation
This fight was cancelled after Crolla suffered a broken ankle and a fractured skull during a burglary. Crolla confronted two burglars who were raiding a neighbour's house. Crolla was able to catch one of the intruders, but was then attacked by the other with a lump of concrete. Derry Matthews was picked to replace Crolla, but instead fought Tony Luis, who took the fight on four days notice, winning the interim WBA lightweight title.
WBA lightweight champion
Crolla vs. Pérez I, II
Crolla received his first opportunity at a world title against WBA lightweight champion Darleys Pérez on 18 July 2015 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester. The fight ended in a controversial split decision draw. Crolla seemed like the clear winner after Pérez twice had pointed deducted for low blows. One judge had the fight 116-111 for Crolla, the other two judges scored it a 113-113 draw. In the post fight, Crolla told Sky Sports, "I'm bitterly disappointed I've not got the world title take to home with me. I thought the deductions swayed it for me."
A day later, promoter Eddie Hearn stated that he would speak to the WBA to get an immediate rematch ordered. Hearn believed Crolla by at least four rounds and his trainer Joe Gallagher saw him win by two rounds. Hearn told Sky Sports, "I've emailed the WBA complaining about the points decision and asking for an immediate rematch. If there were two points deducted how could they have given the fight to Perez by two rounds? No way."
On 30 July 2015, the WBA officially ordered the rematch between Crolla and Pérez. Hearn announced the fight would take place on 21 November at the Manchester Arena. Crolla won the WBA title with a knockout win over Pérez in round 5. The punch which dropped Pérez was a left hook to the body. He was unable to beat the count. Crolla told Sky Sports, "I've dreamt this dream since I was 10 years of age. I didn't know it would be this good, honestly. It's even better than I dreamt."
Crolla vs. Barroso
On 11 March 2016, Sky Sports announced that Crolla would make his first defence of his WBA lightweight title against mandatory challenger Ismael Barroso (19-0-2, 18 KOs) at the Manchester Arena on 7 May. Barroso was known for displaying his punch power in a chilling knockout win over Kevin Mitchell in December 2015. Talking about Barroso, Crolla said, "For some strange reason, there was a few people out there who thought I was going to try and swerve Ismael Barroso. Listen when you're world champion, you try and fight the best challengers out there." At the time, Crolla was also offered £500,000 to fight the winner of WBO champion Terry Flanagan vs. Derry Matthews, which was taking place on 12 March. Crolla stated that with the offer, he would have had to surrender his WBA title. He was not likely to do so, just for a big payday. Crolla won the fight, retaining the WBA title. The opening five rounds saw Crolla take a lot of clean shots. Barroso began to tire following round 6, and Crolla took control. Crolla hurt Barroso with a right to the head that staggered him. He was able to land several more right hands before the end of the round. Barroso looked as though he had nothing left. In round 7, Barroso landed some shots, but lacked the power at this stage to hurt Crolla. Crolla landed several hard shots before dropping Barroso with a right to the body. Barroso got to one knee but wasn’t able to beat the count. At the time of stoppage, Crolla was behind on all three judges scorecards (56–58, 55–59 twice).
Crolla vs. Linares
On 15 June, it was announced on Sky Sports that a deal had been made for Crolla to fight WBC 'Diamond' champion Jorge Linares (40–3. 27 KOs) on 24 September at the Manchester Arena. Crolla's WBA world lightweight title will also be at stake as well as the Ring Magazine world championship. Crolla, who was named Ring Magazine's Most Inspirational fighter of 2015, said it would be 'a dream come true' if he can beat Linares and claim the Ring Magazine title. In front of the hometown crowd, Crolla was rocked in round 6 following a right hook as the fight went the distance. The judges scored the fight 115-114, 117-111 and 115-113 in favour of Linares. This was Crolla's first loss in 10 fights and regarded by many a close contest filled with action throughout. An immediate rematch was discussed post fight.
Crolla vs. Linares II
Reports in early December suggested a rematch could possibly take place in Manchester on 25 March 2017. The winner of the rematch would then be ordered to fight the winner of the Dejan Zlaticanin vs. Mikey Garcia, due to take place January, which was won by Garcia, in a unification fight. All three titles would be at stake in the rematch, with Eddie Hearn due to make an announcement in 2017. An official announcement was made on 4 January 2017, for the fight take place at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, a city which Linares said was open to returning to. The WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring magazine world lightweight titles would be at stake. The fight would be televised live on Sky Sports in the UK and on 24 January, Showtime announced they would cover the fight in the United States. Both fighters weighed in at 134.4 pounds.
On fight night, in front of 13,000 fans, Crolla was dropped in the seventh round by a left uppercut, and went the distance to lose by wider margins (119-109 on all three scorecards) than the first fight. Crolla started off well hitting to body, but Linares quickly capitalised and started connected well to the body and landing combinations of uppercuts. Linares put in a more solid and dominant performance than their first encounter. At the end of round 11, Crolla's trainer Joe Gallagher came into the ring and walked towards referee Howard John Foster, possibly to stop the fight. After Crolla pleaded with him, Gallagher allowed him to go the distance. With the win, Linares retained the WBA, The Ring and WBC Diamond lightweight titles.
In the post-fight interview, he thanked his promoter Oscar De Le Hoya for making the trip and watching him ringside and said his next move would be a big pay day in Las Vegas against WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia. Crolla apologized to the live attendance, admitted he lost to the better man and said he would be back to rebuild, "Manchester, I am so sorry I couldn't do it for you. Your support means so much to me. He caught me but before that I thought I could get to him. I got beaten by the better man - no excuses. I am 30 years old, I am going to rest, but I believe I can go again." Both fighters embraced at the final bell and showed respect. Crolla meditated around moving up to super lightweight. This was the first time Crolla had lost consecutive fights and losing to the same opponent twice after his losses to Gary Sykes in 2009 and 2012.
Crolla vs. Burns
On 7 July 2017, STV news reported there was talks between Crolla and Ricky Burns (41-6-1, 14 KOs) about a potential all-British fight towards the end of 2017. Talks suggested a fight would likely take place in Manchester or Glasgow at light-welterweight. A provisional date of 14 October 2017 was being considered. Both boxers tweeted a day earlier confirming their interest in the fight. Burns told Sky Sports, he agreed to the fight straight away when he first heard about the speculations. He said, both he and Crolla were in the same position, coming off losses. At the time, Burn's compatriot Josh Taylor had been calling him out for an all Scottish showdown. Crolla admitted the fight would be a 'make or break' fight for both of them and could steer the defeated boxer into retirement, whereas the winner could line himself up for another potential world title fight. On 7 August 2017, it was confirmed by Eddie Hearn that a deal had been reached between Crolla and Burns for a fight to take place at lightweight on 7 October, live on Sky Sports. Manchester Arena was confirmed as the venue, marking it the first time Burns would fight in Manchester. Hearn spoke to Sky Sports about the fight, "What a fight between two great warriors. Both Anthony and Ricky are in similar places in the careers and they know that this absolute must-win. Knowing these two like I do this is going to be a fight until the finishing bell with neither taking a backward step. It's an all-British super fight between two great [former] world champions." Crolla won the fight via 12 round unanimous decision. In the end, the three judges' scored the fight 116-113, 117-112, 116-114. Sky pundits at ringside had either Crolla winning or a draw, however non believed Burns had done enough to warrant a win. Crolla was the busier fighter throwing much more than Burns and focused a lot of his body shots. Burns made Crolla miss a lot with his movement and looked to land cleaner and accurate punches. Both fighters embraced in the end, as they had shown mutual respect for one another in the build up. In the post fight, Crolla said, "I thought I definitely did enough. He just kept coming, he gave me a very tough fight, but I thought my quality shots won it." Burns felt he did enough to win the fight saying, "Although it was close, I thought I did enough, thought I landed the cleaner shots. In my eyes, I thought I just edged it." Crolla also said he would be willing to travel to Glasgow for a rematch.
On 19 March 2018, Hearn announced that Crolla would fight on 31 March at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on the undercard of the heavyweight unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker on Sky Sports Box Office. His opponent was announced as Mexican boxer Edson Ramirez, who was on an 18-fight win streak. The fight went the 10 round distance with Crolla doing just enough to win the rounds. The final judges' scorecards were 100-91, 100-90 and 98-92 in favour of Crolla. Ramirez focused on the body attack and was given 2 warnings from the referee for landing body shots that he felt were low. Crolla was cut over his right eye in the round 3.
Crolla vs. Yordan
In August 2018, according to trainer Joe Gallagher, Vasyl Lomachenko was interested in a possible fight with Crolla in the UK. On 17 September, it was reported that Crolla would return to the Manchester Arena on 10 November on the Oleksandr Usyk vs. Tony Bellew undercard. Indonesian boxer Daud Yordan was considered a possible opponent. Yordan, a former two-time IBO world champion, had a record of 38 wins, 26 by KO and 3 losses. On 24 September, the fight was confirmed by Hearn and was likely to be a final eliminator for the WBA lightweight title, at the time, held by Lomachenko. Crolla defeated Yordan via a 12 round unanimous decision to earn a title shot against Lomachenko. Crolla outworked and outboxed Yordan throughout most of the fight. Coming forward, Crolla was also being hit, but managed to tie Yordan up and land body shots. From rounds 9 through 12, Yordan was the busier fighter, and he was able to land more shots in that part of the fight than he had earlier. Crolla began to tire, but looked to have a good enough lead to take the decision. The three judges scored the fight 116-112, 116-112 and 116-112 for Crolla. Speaking on the fight, Crolla stated it was 'a very mature boxing performance' as he knew it would 'be a very hard 12 rounds.' Crolla said he'd love to fight Lomachenko in Manchester, but he 'wouldn’t be disrespectful' to call out Lomachenko.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|43 fights||34 wins||6 losses|
|43||Win||34–6–3||Daud Yordan||UD||12||10 Nov 2018||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England|
|42||Win||33–6–3||Edson Ramirez||UD||10||31 Mar 2018||Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales|
|41||Win||32–6–3||Ricky Burns||UD||12||7 Oct 2017||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England|
|40||Loss||31–6–3||Jorge Linares||UD||12||25 Mar 2017||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England||For WBA and The Ring lightweight titles|
|39||Loss||31–5–3||Jorge Linares||UD||12||24 Sep 2016||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England||Lost WBA lightweight title;|
For vacant The Ring lightweight title
|38||Win||31–4–3||Ismael Barroso||KO||7 (12), 1:31||7 May 2016||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England||Retained WBA lightweight title|
|37||Win||30–4–3||Darleys Pérez||KO||5 (12), 2:30||21 Nov 2015||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England||Won WBA lightweight title|
|36||Draw||29–4–3||Darleys Pérez||MD||12||18 Jul 2015||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England||For WBA lightweight title|
|35||Win||29–4–2||Gyorgy Mizsei Jr.||PTS||6||15 Nov 2014||3Arena, Dublin, Ireland|
|34||Draw||28–4–2||Gamaliel Díaz||TD||3 (12), 3:00||13 Sep 2014||Phones 4u Arena, Manchester, England||Retained WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title;|
TD after Díaz was cut from an accidental head clash
|33||Win||28–4–1||John Murray||TKO||10 (12), 2:20||19 Apr 2014||Phones 4u Arena, Manchester, England||Retained WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title|
|32||Win||27–4–1||Stephen Foster||RTD||6 (12), 3:00||23 Nov 2013||Phones 4u Arena, Manchester, England||Retained WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title|
|31||Win||26–4–1||Gavin Rees||MD||12||28 Jun 2013||Bolton Arena, Bolton, England||Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title|
|30||Draw||25–4–1||Derry Mathews||SD||12||30 Mar 2013||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England||For vacant Commonwealth lightweight title|
|29||Win||25–4||Kieran Farrell||UD||10||7 Dec 2012||Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester, England||Won vacant English lightweight title|
|28||Loss||24–4||Gary Sykes||SD||3||6 Oct 2012||Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, England||Prizefighter 26: lightweight semi-final|
|27||Won||24–3||Stephen Jennings||UD||3||6 Oct 2012||Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, England||Prizefighter 26: lightweight quarter-final|
|26||Loss||23–3||Derry Mathews||TKO||6 (12), 2:57||21 Apr 2012||Sports Centre, Oldham, England||Lost British lightweight title|
|25||Win||23–2||Willie Limond||UD||12||25 Nov 2011||Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, Motherwell, Scotland||Retained British lightweight title|
|24||Win||22–2||Juan Montiel||SD||8||17 Sep 2011||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US|
|23||Win||21–2||Herve De Luca||TKO||1 (10), 2:59||18 Jun 2011||Robin Park Arena, Wigan, England|
|22||Win||20–2||John Watson||TKO||9 (12), 2:35||12 Feb 2011||Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, England||Won vacant British lightweight title|
|21||Win||19–2||Andy Morris||TKO||7 (10), 2:51||2 Oct 2010||De Vere Whites Hotel, Bolton, England||Won vacant English super-featherweight title|
|20||Win||18–2||Chris Riley||PTS||6||16 Jul 2010||Bolton Arena, Bolton, England|
|19||Win||17–2||Sid Razak||PTS||6||16 Jul 2010||Fit City, Broughton, England|
|18||Win||16–2||Jason Nesbitt||PTS||4||19 Feb 2010||Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke-on-Trent, England|
|17||Win||15–2||Michael Brodie||TKO||3 (8), 3:00||27 Nov 2009||Robin Park Arena, Wigan, England|
|16||Win||14–2||John Baguley||PTS||4||25 Sep 2009||Manchester Velodrome, Manchester, England|
|15||Loss||13–2||Gary Sykes||PTS||10||29 May 2009||Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke-on-Trent, England|
|14||Win||13–1||Carl Allen||PTS||6||14 Mar 2009||MEN Arena, Manchester, England|
|13||Win||12–1||John Baguley||PTS||4||12 Dec 2008||Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes, England|
|12||Win||11–1||Carl Allen||PTS||6||10 Oct 2008||Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool, England|
|11||Win||10–1||Youssef al-Hamidi||PTS||6||26 Sep 2008||York Hall, London, England|
|10||Win||9–1||Robin Deakin||PTS||4||6 Sep 2008||MEN Arena, Manchester, England|
|9||Loss||8–1||Youssef al-Hamidi||PTS||8||5 Apr 2008||Bolton Arena, Bolton, England|
|8||Win||8–0||Steve Gethin||PTS||6||14 Mar 2008||Old Trafford, Manchester, England|
|7||Win||7–0||Tomasz Kwiecien||KO||5 (6), 1:40||19 Jan 2008||Burg-Wächter Castello, Düsseldorf, Germany|
|6||Win||6–0||Daniel Thorpe||RTD||2 (6), 3:00||8 Dec 2007||Bolton Arena, Bolton, England|
|5||Win||5–0||Johnny Greaves||TKO||3 (6), 1:08||6 Oct 2007||Nottingham Arena, Nottingham, England|
|4||Win||4–0||Neil McQuade||TKO||1 (4), 2:15||31 May 2007||Old Trafford, Manchester, England|
|3||Win||3–0||Eduards Krauklis||PTS||4||10 Mar 2007||Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, England|
|2||Win||2–0||Ariel Krasnopolski||TKO||3 (4), 1:57||9 Dec 2006||ExCeL, London, England|
|1||Win||1–0||Abdul Rashid||PTS||4||14 Oct 2006||MEN Arena, Manchester, England|
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|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byRyan Barrett
2 October 2010 – 12 February 2012
Title next held byBen Jones
Title last held byGavin Rees
| British lightweight champion
12 February 2011 – 21 April 2012
Title last held byDerry Mathews
| English lightweight champion
7 December 2012 – March 2013
Title next held byKirk Goodings
Title last held byCarlos Molina
| WBO Inter-Continental
29 June 2013 – November 2014
Title next held byLiam Walsh
|World boxing titles|
| WBA lightweight champion
21 November 2015 – 24 September 2016