Anthony Crolla can not get over the idea of winning a world title in front of his hometown fans later this month in Manchester.
Crolla takes on Darleys Perez again in a rematch for the WBA lightweight crown at the Manchester Arena on November 21.
The Mancunian who felt he did just enough last time out in July but fell just short to the Colombian when the judges scored it as a majority draw when Perez went on to retain his title, even after being deducted two points for low blows.
‘Million Dollar Crolla’ was successfully awarded an immediate rematch by the WBA following an appeal and is now fully set on the main prize by achieving his dream goal of finally becoming a world champion.
Crolla has been quoted as saying “I think about winning the world title in Manchester every single day,” “I think about it going into the gym, before I go to sleep, over and over.
“I am sure the real thing will be even better than how I imagine it, and that is what I want to experience on November 21.
“I will do everything I can to make that dream come true. It has been a dream since I first laced a pair of gloves, every fighter has the same dream, and there would be no better setting than to do it in front of my hometown people.
“The division is very, very strong and it is great to be a part of it. There are four or five fighters in the division who are world-level fighters. There are many great domestic fights to be had for world titles and hopefully I can bring home that title and then I don’t necessarily be needing to go across the pond for big lightweight fights as there are ones right here in Britain.
“I still get goosebumps thinking about the ring walk now. To have 12,000 people in an arena like that, it was surreal. I am a lad who has been going there since before the Ricky Hatton days, seeing boxers like your Naseem Hameds and your Michael Brodies, to experience it as a fighter, it was a dream come true.”