|Height||5 ft 8 1⁄2 in (174 cm)|
|Reach||67 in (170 cm)|
16 November 1986|
|Wins by KO||13|
Anthony Crolla (born 16 November 1986) is a British professional boxer. He held the WBA lightweight title from 2015 to 2016, as well as the English super-featherweight title from 2010 to 2012; the British lightweight title from 2011 to 2012; and the English lightweight title from 2012 to 2013.
Crolla made his professional contest on 14 October 2006 when he scored a points win over Abdul Rashid at the MEN Arena in Manchester. Five more fights throughout the rest of the year and into 2007 resulted in five more victories giving Crolla an unbeaten record of 6–0 at the end of his first full year as a professional. Crolla begun 2008 with a win in Germany on 19 January beating Tomasz Kwiecien and followed this up with another victory on 14 March, traveling to the Old Trafford Stadium to beat journeyman Steve Gethin. On 5 April however, in his third fight of the year so far, Crolla lost his unbeaten record to Syrian Youssef Al Hamidi at the Bolton Arena, losing on points over 8 rounds. Two fights in September resulted in Crolla returning to winning ways against Robin Deakin on the 6th and then traveling to the York Hall in Bethnal Green on the 26th to meet Al Hamidi once more and to gain a revenge win over six rounds. Crolla finished 2008 with further victories over Carl Allen in October and Jon Baguley in December finishing the year with a record of 12–1.
Career from 2009–2012
Fights with Sykes, Brodie and Morris
Crolla begun 2009 on 14 March with a repeat victory over former opponent Carl Allen and then on 29 May took part in his most significant bout to date, a British title eliminator at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke. The fight resulted in a second career defeat for Crolla as he lost a ten round points decision to Gary Sykes. On 25 September he returned to ring and scored another victory over an opponent he had already met, Jon Baguley and then on 27 November met and defeated the former world champion Michael Brodie who had returned to the ring following a long lay off. He continued his winning run in 2010 with victories over Jason Nesbitt, Sid Razak and Chris Riley before on 2 October challenging Andy Morris for the English super featherweight title. The fight at the De Vere Whites hotel in Bolton resulted in a 7th round stoppage for Crolla and a first career title.
British lightweight champion
Crolla stepped up a weight division when on 12 February 2011 he challenged John Watson for the vacant British lightweight title. Described as an "early contender for fight of the year" Crolla won the fight in the 9th round after scoring a 9th round knockout. Describing his move up a weight division after the fight Crolla said "I knew I'd be strong enough at lightweight, but I didn't know I'd be that strong. I'm in with strong kids in the gym all the time and they say my strength is underrated. But even I couldn't believe how strong I was." On 21 April 2012 Crolla lost his British Lightweight Title to 28-year-old Liverpudlian Derry Matthews at the Oldham Sports Centre. Matthews knocked Crolla down in the 3rd round, and the fight was eventually stopped with 4 seconds remaining in the 6th round.
In September 2012 Crolla entered the Prize Fighter tournament beating Stephen Jennings in the quarter finals in what many felt was the best display of the night. Crolla reached the semi-final stage, losing a very close points decision that could have gone either way to Gary Sykes.
Crolla vs Farrell
Kieran Farrell was at the time a young up and coming prospect that had beaten the 14 opponents put before him. His new promoter Dave Coldwell fancied his fighters chances against Crolla, feeling he may be on the slide. Crolla beat Farrell; just after the final bell Farrell collapsed and was rushed to hospital. He had suffered a brain injury during the contest and will no longer be able to box.
Career from 2013–2015
Crolla vs. Matthews II
The rematch took place and the fight ended in what was as clear a draw as you could expect. The fight started with Crolla being very cautious and allowing Matthews to score without much reply. The middle rounds were closer and Crolla took the later rounds.
WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title
On 30 June 2013, Crolla beat former WBA light-welterweight world champion Gavin Rees with a majority decision at the Bolton Arena.
World title cancellation
Crolla was scheduled to fight Richar Abril of Cuba for the WBA world lightweight title in January 2015.
This fight was cancelled after Crolla suffered a broken ankle and a fractured skull during a burglary. Crolla confronted two burglars who were raiding a neighbour's house. Crolla was able to catch one of the intruders, but was then attacked by the other with a lump of concrete.
World lightweight champion
Crolla vs. Perez
Crolla was crowned world champion when he defeated WBA lightweight champion Darleys Perez with a fifth round stoppage. The stoppage came after a bodyshot crumpled Perez to the canvas. This was a rematch after their first fight ended in a controversial draw in July 2015.
Crolla vs. Barroso
Crolla made his first defence of his WBA lightweight title against mandatory challenger Ismael Barroso at the Manchester Arena on 7 May. Barroso displayed his punch power in a chilling knockout win over Kevin Mitchell in December 2015. Crolla finished the fight with a body shot, retaining the WBA lightweight title. Crolla was behind on all three judges scorecards (56–58, 55–59 twice).
Crolla vs. Linares
On 15 June it was announced on Sky Sports that a deal had been made for Crolla to fight WBC 'Diamond' champion Jorge Linares (40–3. 27 KOs) on 24 September at the Manchester Arena. Crolla's WBA world lightweight title will also be at stake as well as the Ring Magazine world championship. Crolla, who was named Ring Magazine's Most Inspirational fighter of 2015, said it would be 'a dream come true' if he can beat Linares and claim the Ring Magazine title. In front of the hometown crowd, Crolla was rocked in round 6 following a right hook as the fight went the distance. The judges scored the fight 115-114, 117-111 and 115-113 in favour of Linares. This was Crolla's first loss in 10 fights and regarded by many a close contest filled with action throughout. A rematch was discussed post fight.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|39 fights||31 wins||5 losses|
|39||Loss||31–5–3||Jorge Linares||UD||12||24 Sep 2016||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England||Lost WBA lightweight title;|
For vacant The Ring lightweight title
|38||Win||31–4–3||Ismael Barroso||KO||7 (12), 1:31||7 May 2016||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England||Retained WBA lightweight title|
|37||Win||30–4–3||Darleys Pérez||KO||5 (12), 2:30||21 Nov 2015||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England||Won WBA lightweight title|
|36||Draw||29–4–3||Darleys Pérez||MD||12||18 Jul 2015||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England||For WBA lightweight title|
|35||Win||29–4–2||Gyorgy Mizsei Jr.||PTS||6||15 Nov 2014||3Arena, Dublin, Ireland|
|34||Draw||28–4–2||Gamaliel Díaz||TD||3 (12), 3:00||13 Sep 2014||Phones 4u Arena, Manchester, England||Retained WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title;|
TD after Díaz sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
|33||Win||28–4–1||John Murray||TKO||10 (12), 2:20||19 Apr 2014||Phones 4u Arena, Manchester, England||Retained WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title|
|32||Win||27–4–1||Stephen Foster||RTD||6 (12), 3:00||23 Nov 2013||Phones 4u Arena, Manchester, England||Retained WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title|
|31||Win||26–4–1||Gavin Rees||MD||12||28 Jun 2013||Bolton Arena, Bolton, England||Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title|
|30||Draw||25–4–1||Derry Mathews||SD||12||30 Mar 2013||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England||For vacant Commonwealth lightweight title|
|29||Win||25–4||Kieran Farrell||UD||10||7 Dec 2012||Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester, England||Won vacant English lightweight title|
|28||Loss||24–4||Gary Sykes||SD||3||6 Oct 2012||Olympia, Liverpool, England||Prizefighter 26: lightweight semi-final|
|27||Won||24–3||Stephen Jennings||UD||3||6 Oct 2012||Olympia, Liverpool, England||Prizefighter 26: lightweight quarter-final|
|26||Loss||23–3||Derry Mathews||TKO||6 (12), 2:57||21 Apr 2012||Sports Centre, Oldham, England||Lost British lightweight title|
|25||Win||23–2||Willie Limond||UD||12||25 Nov 2011||Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, Motherwell, Scotland||Retained British lightweight title|
|24||Win||22–2||Juan Montiel||SD||8||17 Sep 2011||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US|
|23||Win||21–2||Herve De Luca||TKO||1 (10), 2:59||18 Jun 2011||Robin Park Arena, Wigan, England|
|22||Win||20–2||John Watson||TKO||9 (12), 2:35||12 Feb 2011||Olympia, Liverpool, England||Won vacant British lightweight title|
|21||Win||19–2||Andy Morris||TKO||7 (10), 2:51||2 Oct 2010||De Vere Whites Hotel, Bolton, England||Won vacant English super-featherweight title|
|20||Win||18–2||Chris Riley||PTS||6||16 Jul 2010||Bolton Arena, Bolton, England|
|19||Win||17–2||Sid Razak||PTS||6||16 Jul 2010||Fit City, Broughton, England|
|18||Win||16–2||Jason Nesbitt||PTS||4||19 Feb 2010||Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke-on-Trent, England|
|17||Win||15–2||Michael Brodie||TKO||3 (8), 3:00||27 Nov 2009||Robin Park Arena, Wigan, England|
|16||Win||14–2||John Baguley||PTS||4||25 Sep 2009||Velodrome, Manchester, England|
|15||Loss||13–2||Gary Sykes||PTS||10||29 May 2009||Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke-on-Trent, England|
|14||Win||13–1||Carl Allen||PTS||6||14 Mar 2009||MEN Arena, Manchester, England|
|13||Win||12–1||John Baguley||PTS||4||12 Dec 2008||Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes, England|
|12||Win||11–1||Carl Allen||PTS||6||10 Oct 2008||Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool, England|
|11||Win||10–1||Youssef Al Hamidi||PTS||6||26 Sep 2008||York Hall, London, England|
|10||Win||9–1||Robin Deakin||PTS||4||6 Sep 2008||MEN Arena, Manchester, England|
|9||Loss||8–1||Youssef al-Hamidi||PTS||8||5 Apr 2008||Bolton Arena, Bolton, England|
|8||Win||8–0||Steve Gethin||PTS||6||14 Mar 2008||Old Trafford, Manchester, England|
|7||Win||7–0||Tomasz Kwiecien||KO||5 (6), 1:40||19 Jan 2008||Burg-Wächter Castello, Düsseldorf, Germany|
|6||Win||6–0||Daniel Thorpe||RTD||2 (6), 3:00||8 Dec 2007||Bolton Arena, Bolton, England|
|5||Win||5–0||Johnny Greaves||TKO||3 (6), 1:08||6 Oct 2007||Nottingham Arena, Nottingham, England|
|4||Win||4–0||Neil McQuade||TKO||1 (4), 2:15||31 May 2007||Old Trafford, Manchester, England|
|3||Win||3–0||Eduards Krauklis||PTS||4||10 Mar 2007||Olympia, Liverpool, England|
|2||Win||2–0||Ariel Krasnopolski||TKO||3 (4), 1:57||9 Dec 2006||ExCeL, London, England|
|1||Win||1–0||Abdul Rashid||PTS||4||14 Oct 2006||MEN Arena, Manchester, England||Professional debut|
Titles in boxing
Title last held byRyan Barrett
|English super-featherweight champion
2 October 2010 – 12 February 2012
Title next held byBen Jones
Title last held byGavin Rees
|British lightweight champion
12 February 2011 – 21 April 2012
| Succeeded by|
Title last held byDerry Mathews
|English lightweight champion
7 December 2012 – March 2013
Title next held byKirk Goodings
Title last held byCarlos Molina
|WBO Inter-Continental lightweight champion
29 June 2013 – November 2014
Title next held byLiam Walsh
|WBA lightweight champion
21 November 2015 – 24 September 2016
| Succeeded by|
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- Crolla back on track. Boxingnewsonline.net. Retrieved on 2012-11-19.
- Manchester Evening News | Foster Jnr, Crolla back on top. Menmedia.co.uk (2010-10-04). Retrieved on 2012-11-19.
- Manchester Evening News | Anthony Crolla defeats John Watson to land British title. Menmedia.co.uk (2011-02-14). Retrieved on 2012-11-19.
- Manchester's Anthony Crolla is to fight for the world lightweight title. BBC (2014-11-16). Retrieved on 2015-11-29.
- Anthony Crolla: Boxer 'lucky to be alive' after burglar attack. BBC (2014-12-17). Retrieved on 2015-11-29.
- Anthony Crolla in hospital after confronting burglars . The Guardian (2014-12-16). Retrieved on 2015-11-29.
- Anthony Crolla fulfils boyhood dream of world title win with stunning fifth-round knockout of Darleys Perez in Manchester . The Daily Mail (2015-11-22). Retrieved on 2015-11-29.
- Anthony Crolla crowned world champion after stopping Darleys Perez to win WBA lightweight title in rematch . Manchester Evening News (2015-11-22). Retrieved on 2015-11-29.
- "Crolla to fight Barroso".
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- "BoxRec - Anthony Crolla v Ismael Barroso". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2016-05-08.
- "Crolla vs. Linarez set for September 24". Sky Sports. June 15, 2016. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
- "Crolla wants to claim Ring world title". Sky Sports. June 14, 2016. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
- "Anthony Crolla is beaten by Jorge Linares on a unanimous decision". Sky Sports. September 24, 2016. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
- "Jorge Linares says Anthony Crolla deserves a rematch and is happy to return to Manchester". Sky Sports. September 25, 2016. Retrieved September 26, 2016.