News | Mar 11 2016

EXCLUSIVE Anthony Crolla ready to risk it all against Ismael Barroso

Anthony Crolla speaks to Matt Christie about his upcoming title defence
Anthony Crolla
Anthony-Crolla  |  Action Images/Carl Recine

ANTHONY CROLLA will make the maiden defence of his WBA world lightweight title against Ismael Barroso at the Manchester Arena on May 7.

He returns to the same arena he won the title in when he stopped Darleys Perez in five rounds last November.

Barroso earned his shot at Crolla by sending Kevin Mitchell into retirement with a fifth-round stoppage win a month later and Crolla insists he never intended to sidestep the dangerous Venezuelan.