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Anthony Crolla in camp ahead of World Title Eliminator

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Jamal Niaz boxing

Manchester’s hometown hero, #TeamMorson's Anthony Crolla, will be making his long-awaited return to the Manchester Arena on November 10th against Daud Yordan in a highly anticipated World Title eliminator. It’s been over a year since Crolla was last fighting in front of a home crowd and even though there were initial rumours of the fight taking place elsewhere, the lightweight’s heart was always set on creating another memorable night in his own city:

“There was talk of fighting in America around the same time but with Bellew vs Usyk coming to Manchester it obviously made sense. I’ve topped the bill at the arena many times but I certainly don’t mind being chief support to that fight. I’ll have huge support that night, it’s on a big platform and I can’t wait”

‘Million Dolla’ will be going up against current WBO Asia- Pacific and Africa Lightweight champion, Daud Yordan. The 31-year-old Indonesian has a record of 38-3 and hasn’t lost a fight in five years and Anthony feels that he’s going to have to continue to raise his game to another level in order to get the win:

“If you know your boxing then you know Daud Yordan can fight, if you look at his record he’s got a lot of stoppages. The only losses he’s had have all been in world class company so it’s a tough fight and I know I’ve got to be at my best to beat him but these are the fights I want. I always believe the better the opponent, the better I raise my game and I think it’s pretty clear to see that”

Crolla’s long-time trainer Joe Gallagher offered his thoughts on where the former World Champion is at in this stage of his career and what they’ve been working on in camp so far:

“I still think Crolla’s quite underrated, he’s young for his age in boxing terms and his appetite in the gym is like that of a newly turned professional, he’s keen and enthusiastic. We’ve changed some aspects of his training for this fight, which he’s enjoying, it’s keeping him fresh and we’ve been working on a bit of speed which he’ll need for this fight”

After a huge win for fellow Morson fighter, Callum Smith in the World Boxing Super Series final, Crolla isn’t short on areas to draw inspiration from in the star packed Gallagher’s Gym but he has always been a self-motivated fighter, inspired by what he’s already achieved in his impressive career so far:

“I’m sat in the changing rooms or I’m in the corner for that fight and Callum Smith wins the greatest prizes in the sport, if I can’t be inspired by my mate doing that then I’m in the wrong sport totally. It’s unbelievable to see someone you train with achieve something like that but I don’t need to look elsewhere for inspiration, I wake up every day and see my family and that’s who I do it for”

Having not fought since April, Anthony has had a lot of time to add more to his existing skill-set and he believes that fans will see different aspects to his game on November 10th:

“Every camp I’m always looking to improve. I’m improving in the gym, my swimming times are faster, I’m lifting more weights so everything I’m doing I’m hitting targets. I know I’ve been around for a long time but I still believe I’m getting better and if I didn’t think I could win another world title I wouldn’t still be here”

We’ll be following Anthony during fight week so look out for Morson’s coverage across all platforms before November 10th.