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Crolla: Fighting Linares Has Made Me Better

Anthony Crolla says after two defeats to Jorge Linares, that he will be a much better fighter when he faces Ricky Burns in an important lightweight clash.

The Mancunian boxer suffered back-to-back points defeat at the hands of Linares and needs a win against Burns at the Manchester Arena to project him back to lofty heights.

Crolla who failed to win back the WBA lightweight belt from Linares in March, says he is a better fighter ahead of his Saturday clash against Burns.

“I believe definitely I’m a better fighter through them fights and on Saturday night I know I’ve got to be at my very best,” Crolla told Sky Sports News.

“I’m fighting a three-weight world champion, Ricky Burns, a fantastic fighter and I think our styles cannot help but gel to be a fantastic fight. I’m really excited for it. I think the fans will be the winner.”

Both boxers are aware of how important the fight is, with the winner becoming a contender for a world title and the loser dropping down the pecking order.

“That’s what neither of us want to do,” said Crolla. “Neither one of us want to be dropping down a level, working our way back up, but that’s probably what the loser will have to do.

“There’s an awful lot at stake. The winner almost guaranteed another world title shot.

“It’s a proper fight, with two lads, me and Ricky we don’t talk nonsense, we won’t be throwing punches or tables at press conferences, but we have both prepared to dig so deep, and that’s what I think it will come down to Saturday night as well.”

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