Weigh-in alert: Anthony Crolla 134.5, Jorge Linares 134.1
Top lightweights Anthony Crolla and Jorge Linares weighed in comfortably within the division limit for their RING and WBA title clash at the Manchester Arena on Saturday.
Linares, a former three-time world titleholder, was on the scales first and looked to be in excellent fighting shape at 134.1 pounds. Last May, the 31-year-old Venezuelan stopped, and ultimately retired, Crolla’s countryman Kevin Mitchell in London and appeared completely unfazed by the hostile U.K. reception.
Crolla, the WBA titleholder, hit the scales at 134.5 pounds and the crowd erupted for their local hero. The 29-year-old looked to be in terrific condition and will be looking to build on back-to-back career-best victories against Darleys Perez and Ismael Barroso, both of whom the Englishman stopped with body punches.
“This is the biggest fight out there and this is the type of challenge you dream about,” said Crolla, when interviewed by Sky Sports.
“Getting those two beautiful belts, the WBA and WBC diamond, is one thing but joining that elite club of having a RING magazine belt and being recognized universally as the best lightweight on the planet – it doesn’t get any better than that.”
Terence Crawford vacated THE RING lightweight title when he moved up to the 140-pound division in April of last year. The winner tomorrow will be the first holder of the belt since that time.
Crolla is 31-4-3 (13 KOs) and Linares is 40-3 (27 KOs).
Tom Gray is a UK Correspondent/ Editor for RingTV.com and a member of THE RING ratings panel. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing
Struggling to locate a copy of RING magazine? Try here or…
You can subscribe to the print and digital editions of RING magazine by clicking the banner or here. You can also order the current issue, which is on newsstands, or back issues from our subscribe page. On the cover this month: Sugar Ray Leonard