Venezuelan lightweight, Jorge Linares, insists that home field advantage will not help Anthony Crolla secure victory when the pair meets in their unification showdown for the WBA, WBC Diamond and vacant Ring magazine Lightweight titles at the Manchester Arena on Saturday, September 24th.
Linares, a three weight world champion will look to his action-packed style as he seeks to stop Crolla’s impeccable run of form.
Crolla has secured two fantastic victories in the past 12 months with wins against both Darleys Perez and Ismael Barroso. On September 24th he will look to secure his place as the number one lightweight in the world.
Linares, however, has other plans and will use his vast experience fighting on the big stage to his advantage.
“I love fighting in my opponent’s backyard with all the noise that comes with it from their fans,” said Linares. “The supporters cannot get in the ring with their fighter, it’s just me and him.
“When I first started to fight all over the world it took some time to adjust but now, it’s easy and I am confident doing it.
“The fans are excited for this one. We’re both World class fighters and World champions that are willing to fight each other, as we’re proving in this one. There’s no need to trash talk or build the fight up, it’s a great fight and there’s lots of respect between us.
“The best fighter on the night is going to win, and I think that’s going to be me.”
Linares’ clash with Crolla is part of a huge night of action in Manchester as John Ryder defends his WBA International Middleweight title against Jack Arnfield.
Callum Johnson lands his first title action against Willbeforce Shihepo for the Commonwealth Light-Heavyweight title, Isaac Lowe defends his Commonwealth Featherweight title against Tshifhiwa Munyai, unbeaten Light-Heavyweight Hosea Burton will be in title action Conor Benn tastes his fifth night of action in the paid ranks with an appearance first at The O2 in London on September 10.
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