Anthony Crolla tells Ringside about points win over Gavin Rees

Last Updated: 05/07/13 12:56pm

Anthony Crolla told Ringside that his best is yet to come following his eye-catching win over Gavin Rees.

Crolla, 26, defeated lightweight rival and former light-welterweight world champion Rees on points in Bolton last weekend - but reckons he can still make significant improvements when he returns to training.

"I've watched the Rees fight back a few times now and I know I'm capable of better."

Anthony Crolla

And the Manchester fighter, whose career record now stands at 26-4-1, says he cannot wait to lock horns with more British lightweights, including Kevin Mitchell and reigning world champion Ricky Burns.

"[The victory over Rees] was, without doubt, one of the best wins of my career - but I've watched the fight back a few times now and I know I'm capable of better," said Crolla. "So I'll have a little rest now and then get back in the gym and work on things.

"I watched a lot of [Burns and Mitchell] on television a few years ago and admired them so to be mentioned in the same sentence as them is an honour and I want to involved with fighters that I have the utmost respect for.

"Hopefully those fights can be made because the fans will be winners if they happen and not just me and my opponent."

Carbon copy

Crolla, who drew with Derry Mathews in a pulsating domestic ding-dong in March, credits training partner Troy James as one of the reasons he was able to knock off Rees, who battled American sensation Adrien Broner in his previous bout.

But the man nicknamed "Million Dollar" also praised cornerman Joe Gallagher, who witnessed wins for fellow charges, super-bantamweight Scott Quigg and super-middleweight Paul Smith, on an action-packed bill inside the Bolton Arena.

"It was important to get the right sparring in and we believe we did that with James," added Crolla. "He is only a super-featherweight but threw very similar shots to Rees - height-wise and shot-wise he was almost a carbon copy - and that helped us massively.

"However, Joe stressed to me how important it was to stick to the game-plan and if I didn't stick to the game-plan it could have been the end of the dream.

"But I did and, against a great fighter and a great guy, I came out victorious."