Anthony Crolla

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Anthony Crolla
Statistics
Nickname(s) Million Dolla
Rated at
Height 5 ft 8 12 in (174 cm)
Reach 67 in (170 cm)
Nationality British
Born (1986-11-16) 16 November 1986 (age 30)
Manchester, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 39
Wins 31
Wins by KO 13
Losses 5
Draws 3

Anthony Crolla (born 16 November 1986) is a British professional boxer.[1] He held the WBA lightweight title from 2015 to 2016, as well as the English super-featherweight title from 2010 to 2012; the British lightweight title from 2011 to 2012; and the English lightweight title from 2012 to 2013.

Early life[edit]

Crolla's family is descended from Italian immigrants.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Crolla made his professional contest on 14 October 2006 when he scored a points win over Abdul Rashid at the MEN Arena in Manchester.[1] 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.[1] 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.[3] 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.[1]

Career from 2009–2011[edit]

Fights with Sykes, Brodie and Morris[edit]

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.[1][4] 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.[1][4] 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.[1][5]

British lightweight champion[edit]

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.[6] 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."[6] 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 4 seconds remaining in the 6th round.[7]

Prizefighter[edit]

In September 2012 Crolla entered the Prize Fighter tournament beating Stephen Jennings in the quarter finals 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.

Crolla vs. Farrell[edit]

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.[8][9][10]

Career from 2013–2014[edit]

Crolla vs. Matthews II[edit]

The rematch took place and the fight ended in what was as clear a draw as you could expect. The fight started with Crolla being very cautious and allowing Matthews to score without much reply. The middle rounds were closer and Crolla took the later rounds.[11]

WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title[edit]

On 30 June 2013, Crolla upset former WBA light-welterweight champion Gavin Rees 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.[12]

World title cancellation[edit]

Crolla was scheduled to fight Richar Abril of Cuba for the WBA world lightweight title in January 2015.[13]

This fight was cancelled after Crolla suffered a broken ankle and a fractured skull during a burglary.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16]

WBA lightweight champion[edit]

Crolla vs. Perez[edit]

Crolla was crowned world champion when he defeated WBA lightweight champion Darleys Perez with a fifth round stoppage. The stoppage came after a bodyshot crumpled Perez to the canvas.[17] This was a rematch after their first fight ended in a controversial draw in July 2015.[18]

Crolla vs. Barroso[edit]

Crolla made his first defence of his WBA lightweight title against mandatory challenger Ismael Barroso at the Manchester Arena on 7 May. Barroso displayed his punch power in a chilling knockout win over Kevin Mitchell in December 2015.[19] Crolla finished the fight with a body shot, retaining the WBA lightweight title.[20] Crolla was behind on all three judges scorecards (56–58, 55–59 twice).[21]

Crolla vs. Linares[edit]

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.[22] 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.[23] 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.[24][25]

Crolla vs. Linares II[edit]

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, in a unification fight.[26][27] All three titles would be at stake in the rematch, with Eddie Hearn due to make an announcement in 2017.[28] An official announement 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.[29][30] 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.[31][32]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
39 fights 31 wins 5 losses
By knockout 13 1
By decision 18 4
Draws 3
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
40 N/A N/A Venezuela Jorge Linares N/A – (12) 25 Mar 2017 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England For WBA and The Ring lightweight titles
39 Loss 31–5–3 Venezuela Jorge Linares UD 12 24 Sep 2016 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England Lost WBA lightweight title;
For vacant The Ring lightweight title
38 Win 31–4–3 Venezuela Ismael Barroso KO 7 (12), 1:31 7 May 2016 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England Retained WBA lightweight title
37 Win 30–4–3 Colombia Darleys Pérez KO 5 (12), 2:30 21 Nov 2015 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England Won WBA lightweight title
36 Draw 29–4–3 Colombia Darleys Pérez MD 12 18 Jul 2015 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England For WBA lightweight title
35 Win 29–4–2 Hungary Gyorgy Mizsei Jr. PTS 6 15 Nov 2014 Republic of Ireland 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland
34 Draw 28–4–2 Mexico Gamaliel Díaz TD 3 (12), 3:00 13 Sep 2014 United Kingdom Phones 4u Arena, Manchester, England Retained WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title;
TD after Díaz sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
33 Win 28–4–1 United Kingdom John Murray TKO 10 (12), 2:20 19 Apr 2014 United Kingdom Phones 4u Arena, Manchester, England Retained WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title
32 Win 27–4–1 United Kingdom Stephen Foster RTD 6 (12), 3:00 23 Nov 2013 United Kingdom Phones 4u Arena, Manchester, England Retained WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title
31 Win 26–4–1 United Kingdom Gavin Rees MD 12 28 Jun 2013 United Kingdom Bolton Arena, Bolton, England Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title
30 Draw 25–4–1 United Kingdom Derry Mathews SD 12 30 Mar 2013 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England For vacant Commonwealth lightweight title
29 Win 25–4 United Kingdom Kieran Farrell UD 10 7 Dec 2012 United Kingdom Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester, England Won vacant English lightweight title
28 Loss 24–4 United Kingdom Gary Sykes SD 3 6 Oct 2012 United Kingdom Olympia, Liverpool, England Prizefighter 26: lightweight semi-final
27 Won 24–3 United Kingdom Stephen Jennings UD 3 6 Oct 2012 United Kingdom Olympia, Liverpool, England Prizefighter 26: lightweight quarter-final
26 Loss 23–3 United Kingdom Derry Mathews TKO 6 (12), 2:57 21 Apr 2012 United Kingdom Sports Centre, Oldham, England Lost British lightweight title
25 Win 23–2 United Kingdom Willie Limond UD 12 25 Nov 2011 United Kingdom Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, Motherwell, Scotland Retained British lightweight title
24 Win 22–2 Mexico Juan Montiel SD 8 17 Sep 2011 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US
23 Win 21–2 Belgium Herve De Luca TKO 1 (10), 2:59 18 Jun 2011 United Kingdom Robin Park Arena, Wigan, England
22 Win 20–2 United Kingdom John Watson TKO 9 (12), 2:35 12 Feb 2011 United Kingdom Olympia, Liverpool, England Won vacant British lightweight title
21 Win 19–2 United Kingdom Andy Morris TKO 7 (10), 2:51 2 Oct 2010 United Kingdom De Vere Whites Hotel, Bolton, England Won vacant English super-featherweight title
20 Win 18–2 United Kingdom Chris Riley PTS 6 16 Jul 2010 United Kingdom Bolton Arena, Bolton, England
19 Win 17–2 United Kingdom Sid Razak PTS 6 16 Jul 2010 United Kingdom Fit City, Broughton, England
18 Win 16–2 United Kingdom Jason Nesbitt PTS 4 19 Feb 2010 United Kingdom Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke-on-Trent, England
17 Win 15–2 United Kingdom Michael Brodie TKO 3 (8), 3:00 27 Nov 2009 United Kingdom Robin Park Arena, Wigan, England
16 Win 14–2 United Kingdom John Baguley PTS 4 25 Sep 2009 United Kingdom Velodrome, Manchester, England
15 Loss 13–2 United Kingdom Gary Sykes PTS 10 29 May 2009 United Kingdom Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke-on-Trent, England
14 Win 13–1 United Kingdom Carl Allen PTS 6 14 Mar 2009 United Kingdom MEN Arena, Manchester, England
13 Win 12–1 United Kingdom John Baguley PTS 4 12 Dec 2008 United Kingdom Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes, England
12 Win 11–1 United Kingdom Carl Allen PTS 6 10 Oct 2008 United Kingdom Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool, England
11 Win 10–1 United Kingdom Youssef Al Hamidi PTS 6 26 Sep 2008 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
10 Win 9–1 United Kingdom Robin Deakin PTS 4 6 Sep 2008 United Kingdom MEN Arena, Manchester, England
9 Loss 8–1 United Kingdom Youssef al-Hamidi PTS 8 5 Apr 2008 United Kingdom Bolton Arena, Bolton, England
8 Win 8–0 United Kingdom Steve Gethin PTS 6 14 Mar 2008 United Kingdom Old Trafford, Manchester, England
7 Win 7–0 Poland Tomasz Kwiecien KO 5 (6), 1:40 19 Jan 2008 Germany Burg-Wächter Castello, Düsseldorf, Germany
6 Win 6–0 United Kingdom Daniel Thorpe RTD 2 (6), 3:00 8 Dec 2007 United Kingdom Bolton Arena, Bolton, England
5 Win 5–0 United Kingdom Johnny Greaves TKO 3 (6), 1:08 6 Oct 2007 United Kingdom Nottingham Arena, Nottingham, England
4 Win 4–0 United Kingdom Neil McQuade TKO 1 (4), 2:15 31 May 2007 United Kingdom Old Trafford, Manchester, England
3 Win 3–0 Latvia Eduards Krauklis PTS 4 10 Mar 2007 United Kingdom Olympia, Liverpool, England
2 Win 2–0 Poland Ariel Krasnopolski TKO 3 (4), 1:57 9 Dec 2006 United Kingdom ExCeL, London, England
1 Win 1–0 United Kingdom Abdul Rashid PTS 4 14 Oct 2006 United Kingdom MEN Arena, Manchester, England Professional debut

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Manchester Evening News | Foster Jnr, Crolla back on top. Menmedia.co.uk (2010-10-04). Retrieved on 2012-11-19.
  6. ^ a b Manchester Evening News | Anthony Crolla defeats John Watson to land British title. Menmedia.co.uk (2011-02-14). Retrieved on 2012-11-19.
  7. ^ "Derry Mathews Pulls the Upset in Back-and-Forth War". April 21, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Anthony Crolla came through a stiff examination to beat Keiran Farrell on points". Sky Sports. December 8, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
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  10. ^ "Kieran Farrell recovering in hospital after his gruelling brawl with Anthony Crolla". December 8, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
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  13. ^ Manchester's Anthony Crolla is to fight for the world lightweight title. BBC (2014-11-16). Retrieved on 2015-11-29.
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  18. ^ Anthony Crolla crowned world champion after stopping Darleys Perez to win WBA lightweight title in rematch . Manchester Evening News (2015-11-22). Retrieved on 2015-11-29.
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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Ryan Barrett
English super-featherweight champion
2 October 2010 – 12 February 2012
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Ben Jones
Vacant
Title last held by
Gavin Rees
British lightweight champion
12 February 2011 – 21 April 2012
Succeeded by
Derry Mathews
Vacant
Title last held by
Derry Mathews
English lightweight champion
7 December 2012 – March 2013
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Kirk Goodings
Vacant
Title last held by
Carlos Molina
WBO Inter-Continental lightweight champion
29 June 2013 – November 2014
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Liam Walsh
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Darleys Pérez
WBA lightweight champion
21 November 2015 – 24 September 2016
Succeeded by
Jorge Linares