Bet of the day: Crolla to stop Linares and defend lightweight title in Manchester
Lee Gormley | September 24, 2016
Coral’s bet of the day
- Anthony Crolla stopped Ismael Barroso to retain his title in May
- The WBA lightweight champion also stopped Darleys Perez to win crown last year
- Crolla will look to make it three successive stoppages in Manchester
- Jorge Linares has not fought since last October
- The Venezuelan’s three career losses have come by stoppage
Crolla to stop Linares at 9/4
Coral’s latest bet of the day comes from fight night in Manchester, as WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla makes the second defence of his crown against travelling Venezuelan challenger Jorge Linares on home soil.
The reigning champion will enter the ring in front of a partisan crowd at the Manchester Arena tonight hoping to enjoy another successful outing, having been in fine form of late and he is 9/4 to stop his latest opponent during proceedings.
‘Million Dolla’ Crolla has made tonight’s prestigious venue his fortress since returning from near fatal injuries last year to claim the WBA strap, and the Joe Gallagher trained fighter is aiming to continue his fairytale story on home soil.
Home champion ready for war
The 29-year-old has an added incentive for his latest bout too, with the coveted Ring magazine lightweight belt up for grabs for the winner, and he would become the first Englishman to claim such a strap if victorious.
Crolla enters the fight on the back of the best form of his career, having stopped previous challenger Ismael Barroso inside seven rounds and crushing former champion Darleys Perez in the fifth during their rematch with a devastating body shot.
The defending WBA title holder will be confident of making it three knockout successes on the bounce in front of his passionate supporters, with visiting Venezuelan Linares’ three career losses having come by stoppage.
So make sure not to miss out and back Crolla to stop Linares, who has not fought since last October, at 9/4 in what is set to be another thrilling fight night in Manchester!