Britain’s Anthony Crolla is a huge underdog and he readily admits that Vasiliy Lomachenko is one of the greatest amateurs of all time.
Britain’s Anthony Crolla is a huge underdog and he readily admits that Vasiliy Lomachenko is one of the greatest amateurs of all time. Nevertheless, the Manchester based former WBA lightweight champ relishing the opportunity of facing one of the modern greats at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Saturday night.
Below is what Crolla had to say at a media workout in Los Angeles on Tuesday
“It’s been a long camp and the hardest of my career, physically and mentally, but I am in a great place and I’m raring to go.”
“He’s seen by many as the best fighter on the planet and I know that I have a huge challenge ahead of me, but these are the kinds of fights that I got into the sport for at the age of 10. I’ve dreamt about nights like this and it’s almost time.”
“He’s a very unique fighter, his movement is exceptional and he creates great angles. You can see what all the praise is about. He’s one of the greatest amateurs ever and he’s taken that into the pro ranks. It’s unbelievable what he’s done in a short space of time in the pros, but I am here not just to test myself against the very best but to give it everything I have to shock the world.”
“People aren’t giving me a chance, but that doesn’t matter to me. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. The motivation to me is attaching my name to one of the biggest upsets in British boxing history, without a doubt, and I don’t think I’m speaking out of turn there. As a boxing fan and someone that lives and breathes the sport, that’s all the motivation I need. I’ve been the underdog all throughout my career and I know that this is by far the biggest challenge I’ve faced, but it’s one I can’t wait to get stuck into.”
What Can We Expect?
“I’ve boxed at the elite level before, I’ve been boxing at the world title level for years and I’ve earned this shot, it’s not been given to me. I know that I have to pull off something massive, but I do belong at this level and I’ll prove it. I won’t be in awe. I’ve worked far too hard to let that happen and I am confident. It’s just me and him in the ring. Like any sport you need that little bit of luck, but I have worked immensely hard to get as lucky as I can, but we’re going in with a good game plan and I cannot be better prepared.”