Anthony Crolla is set to face Jorge Linares for the WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine lightweight titles at the Manchester Arena on March 25th.

The two fighters last met in September last year where Crolla lost to Linares on points after a gruelling 12 rounds of boxing.

Speaking after the announcement, Crolla believes training early will give him the edge he needs.

I’ve been in the gym right the way up to Christmas even though the fight is a little bit of a while off. I’m working hard and making improvements, I will have to show improvements in the rematch if I am to win. I came up short on the night against the better man – with those improvements I believe I can change the result this time around.

Crolla also revealed that in order to become a boxing legend, he now needs to take part in these big fights.

The better the opponent, the better I will perform. I’m approving still as a fighter and athlete despite turning 30 recently. I want to be remembered as being someone who took on the best around and being mentioned in the same breath as them.

Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn who is Crolla’s promoter, is optimistic his fighter can bring the belts back to Manchester, but, also that the Manchester crowd can generate another memorable atmosphere.

The last fight was a Fight of the Year contender and Linares boxed out of his skin but one thing we know about Anthony is his ability to bounce back and he is so determined to win this fight. He has created some wonderful atmospheres at the Manchester Arena over the last few years and I believe March 25 will be the best yet.

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