John Watson and Anthony Crolla meet on Saturday night for the vacant British light-weight title at Liverpool’s Olympia, in a fight that promises to be one of the best of the year.
“It is going to be a good fight, home advantage is a big plus for me but he has already been in training for a tough fight with Carl Johanneson. said Watson.
“He will be ready for this. I have just got to keep my game plan up and not let him get in the fight.
“He’s a busy fighter so I must match him but I’m just focusing on getting my plan right.
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Crolla, who is the English super-featherweight champion, was lined up to face Carl Johanneson on the 26th of this month in a defence of that belt and what was to double as a eliminator for the British title. But an unexpected offer to step up in weight and an instant British title fight against Watson, after Gavin Rees’ withdrawal, was just too good an offer for Crolla to turn down.
“We were all geared up for Carl Johanneson, I got the call Rees had pulled out and was asked if we’d step in, I asked Crolla and he took less than 10 seconds to say yes we’ll have it. said Gallagher.
“Its a great opportunity, I wish the fight would have happened last Saturday just gone because we are ready. We were ready for Johanneson and the trouble is keeping Crolla right.
“But this fight as come at the right time, John Watson is a big light-weight, he is expected to win, we are going into the lions den.
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“John Watson was unlucky last time against Gavin Rees. ‘Miliion Dollar Crolla’ the kid who’s always wanted to fight for the British title at super featherweight gets his chance now in the division above.
“But he has had good sparring in the past with John Murray (undefeated European light-weight champion and gym mate) and I’ve seen the way he handles himself in that and I didn’t think twice about putting him in there with Watson.” Gallager added.
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