Darleys Perez-Anthony Crolla rematch ordered by the WBA
The WBA has ordered an immediate rematch between its lightweight titleholder Colombian Darleys Perez and British challenger Anthony Crolla, following their highly controversial majority draw.
The pair met on July 18 in Manchester, England, and consensus among ringsiders was that Crolla had done more than enough to win the title. This reporter had the Englishman three rounds ahead with two point deductions for Perez making the margin of victory even more decisive.
“When I heard the news, I was honestly close to tears,” said Crolla in a press release issued by Matchroom Boxing.
“Not getting that decision was hard to take but I was so grateful to even be part of such a great night and no one can ever take those memories away from me. Now I get another chance and I’m more determined than ever. The people of Manchester and the UK have been incredible and I can’t wait to get back in there and face Perez again.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn said, “I cannot tell you how happy I am with this news. Anthony Crolla should be world champion. He hasn’t moaned; he hasn’t sulked and now he has his chance all over again. I would like to thank the WBA for making the right decision and the public for all their support of Anthony. I hope Manchester is ready for something special.
“We are already in negotiations with Perez’s team and we expect to announce the date of the rematch very soon.”
Information provided courtesy of a press release issued by Matchroom Boxing
Tom Gray is a member of the British Boxing Writers’ Association and has contributed to various publications. Follow him on Twitter @Tom_Gray_Boxing.