Predictions for Darleys Perez v Anthony Crolla

Published On Tuesday, November 10, 2015By
Anthony Crolla will challenge Darleys Perez for his WBA lightweight title again on November 21. The 28-year-old Mancunian (29-4-3-KO11) will return to the Manchester Arena, where he was controversially denied the seemingly convincing decision in July when Perez somehow retained his title via a majority draw. With Perez deducted two points for low blows, one judge scored the fight 116-111 in Crolla's favour and promoter Eddie Hearn was quick to contact the WBA with a view to making an immediate rematch with the Colombian (32-1-1-KO20). WBA president Gilberto Mendoza agreed that the warring pair should meet again in Manchester Arena on November 21st for 28-year-old Crolla's second date with destiny. 'Million Dollar' has endured a difficult year since seeing a scheduled world title shot at Richar Abril cancelled due to injuries sustained when tackling burglars near his home in late 2014. The entire nation will be behind the hero once again and here are the predictions from the world of boxing below:
  Eddie+Hearn+Matchroom+Boxing+Announcement+gVH7_VH-QFRl Eddie Hearn Matchroom Boxing Promoter @EddieHearn
"I feel like he is destined to win a world title and on November 21 on a huge night for Manchester and British boxing, I truly believe his dreams will come true."

Dean Gillen v Shaun White Dean Gillen (2-1) Middleweight @TeamDeanoPro
"I think the first fight was scored exceptionally well...and I believe that as much as David Cameron's election manifesto's!
It's very likely to be 'another' points win for Crolla, although he may want to prove a point and take the decision into his own hands, literally!"

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Lloyd Ellett (17-1) Light-middleweight @lightningbolt07
"I think it's going to be a much harder fight this time, Perez will know what a hard fight he's got on his hands now, whereas he might have underestimated him before.
I think Crolla will just edge it but I wouldn't be surprised at another draw!"

Sam Smith (Debutant) Light-heavyweight @SniperSamSmith
"I see this going the same way as [Arthur] Abraham versus [Paul] Smith. When an underdog runs an underprepared, below-par favourite close, you seldom see the champ make the same mistake again.
I expect Perez to be more aggressive with better timing, and for this to overcome a brave Crolla effort within nine rounds."

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Johnny Greaves Manager @johnnygreaves
"My prediction is another close fight. Joe Gallagher will keep with the same game plan and I see a fight very similar to the first with the decision going Crolla's way this time round. Crolla points!"

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"The result of the first fight wasn't just controversial, it was completely bizarre! There's no one that watched that fight that didn't have Crolla as the winner. Regardless of the point deductions, 'Million Dollar' had still done more than enough to win. Crolla has already got the better of Perez over 12 rounds in my eyes, so if he can do the same again then he wins on points. Although, I'd expect Perez to be a harder man to beat now that he knows just what to expect."

George Lacey with Joe Calzaghe George Lacey KICCA Sports @GeorgeLacey_
"Anthony Crolla took a huge kick in the teeth after learning the result of the first fight against Darleys Perez. It was clear to all that he'd done enough to win the world title but somehow, the judges couldn't split the pair. It was Anthony's comeback fight and I feel having had that first taste of Perez, he'll arrive at the Manchester Arena better equipped on Saturday night. His trainer Joe Gallagher would have left no stone unturned and I'm backing a late Crolla stoppage. "

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  • Anthony Crolla VS Darleys Perez 12 x 3 mins WBA World Lightweight Championship
  • Tyrone Nurse VS Chris Jenkins 12 x 3 mins Vacant British Super-Lightweight title
  • Ryan Burnett VS Jason Booth 12 x 3 mins Vacant British Bantamweight title
  • Hosea Burton VS Tony Hill 12 x 3 mins WBC International Light Heavyweight Championship
  • Charlie Edwards VS Phil Smith 10 x 3 mins English Flyweight Championship
  • Isaac Lowe VS Ryan Doyle 10 x 3 mins English Featherweight Championship
  • Brian Rose VS TBA 8 x 3 mins Middleweight contest
  • Stuart Hall VS TBA 6/8 x 3 mins Super-Bantamweight contest
  • Liam Taylor VS TBA 6 x 3 mins Super-Lightweight contest
  • Marcus Morrison VS Simone Lucas 6 x 3 mins Super-Welterweight contest
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