Crolla vs Linares: Jorge Linares 'can't imagine' mood inside Manchester Arena, says promoter
By James Dielhenn
Last Updated: 23/09/16 3:22pm
Jorge Linares will immerse himself in the Manchester atmosphere even if he doesn’t know what to expect, his promoter has claimed.
The Venezuelan will challenge for Anthony Crolla's WBA lightweight title, live on Sky Sports 2 on Saturday, in the champion's hometown.
Linares received a taste of the Manchester histrionics at Friday's weigh-in but his promoter Robert Diaz thinks the tension will crank up a notch.
Would you rather fight in an arena with five people cheering for you, or would you rather fight in an arena like this?
Jorge Linares' promoter Robert Diaz
Diaz told Sky Sports News HQ: "You can look at it two ways - you have everybody against you - would you rather fight in an arena with five people cheering for you, or would you rather fight in an arena like this? He chose this one, that's why we're here.
"As much as you can practice or put into your mind what to expect, on Saturday we can't even imagine what it will be like. You have to live it, and put it down as one of the greatest moments of your career.
"I do see it as a very, very tough fight because of the will to win of Anthony Crolla but I don't see it as a difficult fight because of the talent that [Linares] is going to display."
Crolla weighed in at 9st 8lbs 5oz, three ounces heavier than Linares, ahead of defending his WBA title. Linares' WBC 'Diamond' belt and The Ring title are also up for grabs.
Watch Crolla v Linares and a packed undercard live on Sky Sports 2 from 7.30pm on Saturday