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Crolla: I’m focused on getting my belt back

Anthony Crolla vs Jorge Linares

Anthony Crolla says he is soaring through training camp as he prepares for his lightweight title unification rematch with Jorge Linares at the Manchester Arena on March 25th.

Linares won the first encounter last September, adding Crolla’s WBA title to his WBC diamond strap and the Ring Magazine belt.

To emerge victorious in the rematch Anthony’s sole focus must be on his training camp, according to his trainer, Joe Gallagher.

“I understood what Joe meant in the press conference,” said Crolla. “I think in the past I have been a bit stupid, and that’s been my fault. I run around with tickets and stress over things, I’ve been told it for years, but this time it’s been different, and I’m flying in camp. It’s been a load off my shoulders, and I am just concentrating on getting my belt back.

“We’re both bringing different game-plans to the ring, and there’s no doubt that we’ll both leave it all in the ring again like we did last time. I did everything I could to win last time, but I came up short, the right man won, but there wasn’t a lot in it. This time I am going to make sure that doesn’t happen. It’s a second chance to win those belts and a second chance to beat a great fighter like Jorge, and I’ve prepared myself physically and mentally to be better than him this time.

“I was disappointed that I lost, and you should never be satisfied with losing, I was happy that I gave everything on the night, but there were things that I did that I was annoyed about, and I won’t be making them this time.

“He didn’t outclass me because two of the judges only had one point in it, so we’ve made the adjustments that I need to do to make sure the result is different.”

Tickets are on sale priced at £40, £60, £80, £100 and £150 and available from www.manchesterarena.com or by calling 0844 847 8000. VIPs tickets are exclusively available through www.matchroomboxing.com priced at £250.

Face value tickets for March 25 will also be available from http://www.stubhub.co.uk/matchroom-boxing-tickets/.

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