23rd November 2011
British lightweight champion Anthony ‘Million Dollar’ Crolla will travel to Scotland on Wednesday, where he will put his Lonsdale belt on the line against home town hero Willie Limond.
The challenger will have massive home support at the Ravenscraig Sports Centre in Motherwell, where the two friends will clash on Friday night.
But the champion is super confident that he will be travelling back over the boarder and down the M6 this weekend still champion and with the belt. – Having fought in front of partisan crowds before, including when he claimed the belt against John Watson, in Watson’s home town of Liverpool, the task ahead doesn’t faze him.
|At Home with Anthony Crolla|
Crolla 25, admits he would rather not be facing nice guy Willie Limond, having stayed with the Scotsman in his house, when he was in Scotland training and sparring with Ricky Burns a few years back.
But Crolla accepts his professional role and will not let that affect his thinking or boxing instinct. The Mancunian is determined to keep his treasured Marquess of Queensbury strap and wont even contemplate his friend Willie taking it from him..
Chris Maylett (left) for britishboxers.co.uk – Visited British Lightweight Champion Anthony Crolla at his home in Manchester, on the eve of his trip to Scotland. In good spirits and ready to cement his claim as the domestic champion.
Crolla speaks candidly about the upcoming fight, his trainer Joe Gallagher’s input and his family’s support. Crolla also reflects on his career in boxing, where it all began and where he intends to go.
Me and Willie met three years ago. I went up to Glasgow to spar with Ricky Burns for the week ahead of his Commonwealth title. He put me up for the week. You meet a lot of nice people in boxing and Willie is right up there – he is one of the nicest people in the game. He welcomed me into his house and treated me with great hospitality. He even dropped me back in Manchester. It’s a shame we have to fight and I’m sure we’ll meet up after it. If it wasn’t a British title we wouldn’t be fighting but Willie wants a shot at the title. In the amateurs I have had to fight my friends – it’s just business and there will be no falling out. We’ll put friendship aside for an hour and I’m sure we’ll put on a great fight for the fans.” – Anthony Crolla
By Chris Maylett