Anthony Crolla wants British belt outright, refuses to become complacent ahead of Derry Mathews dust-up

17 Apr

On The Beak – Admin

Anthony ‘Million Dollar’ Crolla has targeted winning a Lonsdale belt outright before becoming world lightweight champion. The popular Mancunian makes the second defence of his British crown against Derry Mathews (29-6-1, 15ko) at Oldham Sports Centre on Saturday, April 21. If Crolla (23-2-0, 9ko) beats his Liverpool rival he’ll be just one notch away from claiming the coveted belt for keeps.

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The highly-coveted Lonsdale belt

Hatton Promotions star Crolla, 25, said: “The Lonsdale belt is my absolute pride and joy. It means the world to me and my family are so proud of it.

“To have one for keeps on the mantel piece means the world to me. I always said when I came into boxing it was my ambition to win a Lonsdale belt.

“I boxed on an amateur show when I was a kid and saw one. Ever since those it has been a target.”

Crolla knows the world title scene is wide open. The WBA belt is vacant and Scot Ricky Burns is among the other champions.

Anthony added: “I am not distracted by talk of world title fights because the fight I am preparing for is the most important. If the next one goes wrong against Mathews talk of European and world title fights down the line go out of the window.”

Other contests include: Jon Lewis Dickinson versus Matty Askin (10×3 cruiserweight), Stephen Foster Jr against Jose Antonio Elizabeth (6×3 super-featherweight), Jazza Dickins takes on Yuri Voronin (6×3 super-bantamweight), Lucas Brown will trade shots with Paul Butlin (6 rounds of heavyweight action), Adam Little and Chris Jenkinson get it on (6×3 welterweight), Tommy Stubbs versus Gavin Reid (4×3 bantamweight) and Ryan Doyle is up against a selected opponent (4×3 featherweight).

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