51 Facts About Anthony Crolla


Anthony Crolla was born on 16 November 1986 and is a British former professional boxer who competed from 2006 to 2019.


Anthony Crolla held the WBA lightweight title from 2015 to 2016, and challenged once for the unified WBA and WBO lightweight titles in 2019.


Anthony Crolla begun 2008 with a win in Germany on 19 January beating Tomasz Kwiecien and followed this up with another victory on 14 March, traveling to the Old Trafford Stadium to beat journeyman Steve Gethin.


Anthony Crolla begun 2009 on 14 March with a repeat victory over former opponent Carl Allen and then on 29 May took part in his most significant bout to date, a British title eliminator at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke.


Anthony Crolla continued his winning run in 2010 with victories over Jason Nesbitt, Sid Razak and Chris Riley before on 2 October challenging Andy Morris for the English super featherweight title.


Anthony Crolla stepped up a weight division when on 12 February 2011 he challenged John Watson for the vacant British lightweight title.


On 21 April 2012, Anthony Crolla lost his British lightweight title to 28-year-old Liverpudlian Derry Matthews at the Oldham Sports Centre.

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In September 2012, Anthony Crolla entered the Prize-Fighter Series for lightweights.


Anthony Crolla won the fight after 3 rounds in what many felt was the best display of the night.


Anthony Crolla reached the semi-final stage, losing a very close points decision that could have gone either way to Gary Sykes.


Anthony Crolla beat Farrell; just after the final bell Farrell collapsed and was rushed to hospital.


Anthony Crolla had had a brain injury during the contest and would no longer be able to box.


Anthony Crolla started the fight very cautious and allowed Matthews to score without much reply.


The middle rounds were closer and Anthony Crolla took the later rounds.


Anthony Crolla was scheduled to make his first defence of the title on the undercard of Carl Froch vs George Groves at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester against former WBU and European super featherweight champion Stephen Foster Jr.


Foster was a late step in, as originally, Anthony Crolla was due to fight Martin Gethin for the British title.


Anthony Crolla returned to the Phones 4u Arena on 19 April 2014 against British boxer John Murray.


Anthony Crolla won the fight via a 10th round stoppage, in a brutal fight.


Anthony Crolla was unsure whether Diaz had the desire to continue.


Anthony Crolla was scheduled to fight Richar Abril of Cuba for the WBA lightweight title in January 2015.


Anthony Crolla confronted two burglars who were raiding a neighbour's house.


Anthony Crolla was able to catch one of the intruders, but was then attacked by the other with a lump of concrete.


Anthony Crolla received his first opportunity at a world title against WBA lightweight champion Darleys Perez on 18 July 2015 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester.


Anthony Crolla seemed like the clear winner after Perez twice had pointed deducted for low blows.


Anthony Crolla won the WBA title with a knockout win over Perez in round 5.

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On 11 March 2016, Sky Sports announced that Anthony Crolla would make his first defence of his WBA lightweight title against mandatory challenger Ismael Barroso at the Manchester Arena on 7 May Barroso was known for displaying his punch power in a chilling knockout win over Kevin Mitchell in December 2015.


Anthony Crolla stated that with the offer, he would have had to surrender his WBA title.


Anthony Crolla was not likely to do so, just for a big payday.


The opening five rounds saw Anthony Crolla take a lot of clean shots.


Anthony Crolla hurt Barroso with a right to the head that staggered him.


Anthony Crolla was able to land several more right hands before the end of the round.


Anthony Crolla landed several hard shots before dropping Barroso with a right to the body.


At the time of stoppage, Anthony Crolla was behind on all three judges scorecards.


Anthony Crolla, who was named Ring Magazine's Most Inspirational fighter of 2015, said it would be 'a dream come true' if he can beat Linares and claim the Ring Magazine title.


In front of the hometown crowd, Anthony Crolla was rocked in round 6 following a right hook as the fight went the distance.


On fight night, in front of 13,000 fans, Anthony Crolla was dropped in the seventh round by a left uppercut, and went the distance to lose by wider margins than the first fight.


Anthony Crolla started off well hitting to body, but Linares quickly capitalised and started connected well to the body and landing combinations of uppercuts.


Anthony Crolla caught me but before that I thought I could get to him.


Anthony Crolla said, both he and Crolla were in the same position, coming off losses.


Anthony Crolla admitted the fight would be a 'make or break' fight for both of them and could steer the defeated boxer into retirement, whereas the winner could line himself up for another potential world title fight.


Sky pundits at ringside had either Anthony Crolla winning or a draw, however non believed Burns had done enough to warrant a win.


Anthony Crolla was the busier fighter throwing much more than Burns and focused a lot of his body shots.


Anthony Crolla just kept coming, he gave me a very tough fight, but I thought my quality shots won it.


Anthony Crolla's opponent was announced as Mexican boxer Edson Ramirez, who was on an 18-fight win streak.


Anthony Crolla defeated Yordan via a 12-round unanimous decision to earn a title shot against Lomachenko.

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Anthony Crolla began to tire, but looked to have a good enough lead to take the decision.


On 30 November, the WBA confirmed that Anthony Crolla would be next in line to fight the winner of Vasiliy Lomachenko's unification fight against Jose Pedraza on 8 December 2018.


In round 3, Lomachenko became overwhelmingly dominant while forcing Anthony Crolla to spend a majority of his time against the ropes.


Anthony Crolla explained he was accounting for the ropes' aid to Crolla's ability to stand, since if the ropes had been absent Crolla would've been down and it is against the rules for a fighter to have any outside support in standing throughout the entire duration of the fight, thus justifying his rarely used but sanctioned technical knockdown.


Anthony Crolla fell to the canvas face-first, unable to break his fall.


Anthony Crolla was unable to participate in the post-fight interviews, but did not decide to immediately go to hospital.