"We're Working Hard For The Biggest Upset In British Boxing" | Crolla & Gallagher On Lomachenko Fight
. MORSON SPORT | 2 MIN READ
Morson fighter Anthony Crolla fights Vasyl Lomachenko on 12 April in L.A.
WBA and WBO lightweight world champion considered best in the world.
Crolla and trainer Joe Gallagher looking for huge upset.
TeamMorson boxer Anthony Crolla has travelled out to Los Angeles, California to fight WBA, WBO lightweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko at the Staples Centre on 12 April. Before he left for the States, we caught up with him and trainer Joe Gallagher at Gallagher's Gym in Bolton to get the lowdown on what is a huge fight.
Joe Gallagher speaks of the sparring sessions that have been arranged to ready Crolla for the fight:
"What we've done is we've gone out and got the best southpaws in this country, and they've been given the instructions to throw Lomachenko's shots, we've got to deal with that. It's up to us then to counter them and take their opinion - could they be caught or would that shot work, just really breaking it down. The thing with Lomachenko, we're here sparring and working towards fighting a southpaw but he's so good he could come out and fight orthodox all night and we've got that in the back of our heads."
Crolla himself has seen a massive amount of support from those around him.
"I see [support] all around me, every morning with my family and in the gym working hard alongside the lads and Tasha. Joe's pulling me through it, the whole team is pulling me through it. I see the effort that they're putting in and that's my inspiration to make sure I give it back. There are a lot of people making the trip over there. It's not cheap to fly to Los Angeles and and staying over there and making the trip just for the fight. There's so many different ways I've been inspired. Being involved in one of the biggest British boxing upsets in history - and it would be, I'm not speaking out of turn, so to do that is a massive inspiration.
Joe appreciate the magnitude of the challenge Crolla faces fighting a boxer considered to be pound-for-pound the best in the world.
"Anthony Crolla is on mission impossible. He's not supposed to win, and if he does it would be the biggest upset in British boxing and right up there in world boxing with Douglas v Tyson and all those. That's not being disrespectful to anyone else in the gym but even they'll turn round and say this is it. Just to be sitting here and saying this puts tingles down your back because we are working hard to attach our names to the biggest upset in world boxing. That's what's driving me and driving Anthony on and as good as Lomachenko is, he can be beaten and knocked down and we'll see on the night."