Crolla to fight Abril for WBA World Lightweight title in Manchester- tickets on sale midday Tuesday

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Anthony Crolla will face Richar Abril for the WBA World Lightweight title in Manchester. Tickets for Crolla’s Friday 23 January hometown bout go on sale midday Tuesday 25 November.

Buy: Get Crolla v Abril tickets from midday Tuesday 25 November at eventim.co.uk

Crolla, who claimed a six-round shut-out over Gyorgy Mizei Jnr in Dublin, is thrilled to have landed the well-earned shot at the big one after a fantastic run of results with wins over Gavin Rees, Stephen Foster Jnr and John Murray – and believes bringing the fight to his hometown make it an even more special night.

“To have the World title shot in Manchester is a huge factor,” said Crolla. “Without wanting to sound cheesy, it doesn’t get any bigger than that. I am a Manchester lad so to be fighting in Manchester for a World title, I couldn’t ask for anything more and the only way it could get better than that is to go out there and win it.”

“I have been watching a bit of Abril over the last year because we have been linked with a fight before, but I will watch a lot more of him after tonight. He is a very good champion, he is avoided for a reason. He came onto the scene when he fought Brandon Rios and everybody except the judges that night could see he won clearly.”

“He is a very good fighter, a well-schooled amateur and nice and relaxed. It is a very big ask but there will be a few factors in my favour like being in my home town which will bring an extra 25 per cent out of me. In training I will have an extra edge to me because I won’t have a problem getting out of bed in the morning knowing there is a World title at stake.”

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