Manchester's Anthony Crolla is aiming to make a jubilant comeback to the ring and finally claim a world title, having nearly saw his career ended.
Manchester’s Anthony Crolla will make an emotional return to the ring, only months after seeing his career almost fatally ended prematurely.
The 28-year-old sustained brutal injuries to his head and ankle when bravely trying to stop burglars from entering a neighbour’s house, even being hit with a concrete slab.
Although, the returning ‘Million Dolla Crolla’ has shown sensational determination and drive to fight back to prepare for his shot at the WBA lightweight title against defending champion Darleys Perez.
The passionate Manchester United fan is a best-priced 12/5 with bet365 to earn a points decision triumph in his own backyard, in front of a rapturous home crowd.
Having been told by doctors that he would never fight again, courageous Crolla says he is now ready for anything Colombian hitman Perez throws at him.
“When I got hit on the head with the slab, it was certainly the best shot I’ve ever had,” joked Crolla.
“And I took it pretty well. I was just down on one knee and then was up again in two seconds.
“I wasn’t knocked out. I went down on one knee. Hopefully Perez won’t hit as hard as a concrete slab and I’m ready for him.”
Crolla is a well-rounded fighter, but having secured only 10 knock-out victories from 29 career wins, coupled with a possible rustiness in the ring, he is likely to target a triumph over the full distance in his comeback bout.
In what will be a truly emotional returning match-up, Crolla is 66/1 with Sky Bet to stop Perez in the final round, and 13/8 to come out on top via any method with bet365.
The current WBO inter-continental lightweight champion is vying to finally lift a world title, previously missing out on his earlier shot against WBA crown holder Richar Abril due to his attack.
However, Crolla now has another shot at claiming glory on his remarkable return to the ring and will be hoping to have a fairytale ending after a nightmare career scare.
“Some people will say it’s meant to be, but I can’t go in there and let the occasion get to me,” added Crolla.
“I’ve got to go in there and keep a cool head because if I go in there, fighting on emotion, it’ll all go wrong for me.”
Betting tip: Crolla to win via points decision @ 12/5 with bet365