News | May 19 2017

What next for Anthony Crolla

Speaking exclusively to John Dennen, trainer Joe Gallagher says Anthony Crolla can bounce back to world level
Anthony Crolla
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FORMER WBA  lightweight world champion Anthony Crolla is ticking over in the gym, waiting to make his next move after losing a second time to excellent Venezuelan Jorge Linares.

His trainer Joe Gallagher wants Crolla to return to world title level. “It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions with him since he’s come back from his injury. He’s had five tough, high level championship fights at world level, two with Perez, Barroso and Jorge Linares. Each time Anthony’s pushed the boundaries higher and higher and there’s no shame in his last fight with Jorge Linares,” Joe told Boxing News. “We’ve got to sit down with Anthony, whether he wants to come back in a 10 round contest against an opponent sort or to go straight back in at the deep end. It’s interesting seeing what happens now with [Jorge] Linares and [Mikey] Garcia, are them two going to fight? [Dejan] Zlaticanin, he’s still about in the mix. I see there’s talk that they’re trying to make [Vasyl] Lomachenko and Terry Flanagan. It’ll be interesting to see.”

Gallagher is eyeing a fight overseas for him. “Unless there’s a big opportunity or offer, I wouldn’t mind trying to get Anthony Crolla his Vegas night. A fight in America, in Vegas, whether it be in an eliminator, a final eliminator or a 10 round contest against somebody in America on a Vegas undercard somewhere. Give his fans what they’ve always wanted, that Vegas night. If that was to be on the Canelo-GGG undercard or something like that, I don’t know. I think everybody knows Anthony has great support everywhere he goes, he sells tickets,” Joe said.