Linares vs Crolla: Anthony Crolla says home support could be crucial after making weight for rematch
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 26/03/17 5:52am
Anthony Crolla has vowed to 'feed off' his hometown fans after making weight for his rematch with Jorge Linares.
The Mancunian can regain the WBA lightweight title in his second fight with Linares this Saturday at the Manchester Arena, live on Sky Sports.
Crolla tipped the scales at 9st 8lbs 8oz, with Linares also weighing in under the lightweight limit at 9st 8lbs 4oz, and the two fighters briefly embraced in a show of mutual respect.
But the British fighter is determined to avenge his points loss last September and believes his vociferous support could roar him towards victory.
"I'm going to feed off this energy, feed off the crowd tomorrow night," Crolla told Sky Sports News HQ. "If I let it get to me emotions and start playing on that against a sharp counter puncher like Linares, it's a dangerous thing to do.
I'm going to feed off [the crowd] in the right way and use it to spur me on, to get me over the line, to make sure the titles stay here in Manchester.
"I'm going to feed off that in the right way and use it to spur me on, to get me over the line, to make sure the titles stay here in Manchester."
Brian Rose and Jack Arnfield had to be hauled apart as tempers boiled over between the Blackpool rivals ahead of their clash on the undercard.
Both men clashed heads, sparking a furious exchange which also included Bobby Rimmer, who is the former trainer of Arnfield.
A packed bill includes a third fight between British champion Martin J Ward and Maxi Hughes, with both men making the super-featherweight title limit.
Exciting prospect Marcus Morrison and Jason Welborn were also under the middleweight mark, while Katie Taylor and Milena Koleva weighed in for their lightweight bout.
Watch Jorge Linares vs Anthony Crolla II and a packed undercard, live from the Manchester Arena, from 7pm, Saturday, Sky Sports 1.