|Anthony Crolla British Champion|
On Saturday night there was a cold breeze in the 106 year old former circus arena that is now Liverpool’s Olympia. It seemed the heating must have packed in a long time ago at the old Locarno.
|Crolla proudly wears his Lonsdale belt|
The fight was primed from the beginning to be an encounter for the purists, it had the Liverpool, Manchester derby twist to it and these two old fashioned type pugilists didn’t disappoint the northwest boxing crowd.
|Gallagher boxing team celebrate Crolla’s title win|
Crolla looks like he will have to make the first defence of his newly won belt against Gavin Rees and that again would be a good one. But there was a lot in Crollas boxing at the Olympia on Saturday night to suggest that he is a force to be reckoned with at lightweight. He has the look of a contented man confident in his fitness and boxing ability, who is willing to go in the trenches of boxing warfare when needed. He proved in his last fight against Andy Morris that he has what it takes to go through the barrier, claim a second wind and triumph through adversity. These gifts were to serve him well again here and can take him a long way in his chosen graft. Anthony ‘Million Dollar’ Crolla, the New British Lightweight Champion… It couldn’t have happened to a nicer chap.