Anthony Crolla has warned Jorge Linares that he will “have an answer” to everything thrown at him by the WBA champion in their rematch.
The Mancunian suffered a points defeat to Linares last September and will attempt to regain the WBA lightweight belt in their second fight at Manchester Arena on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.
Linares has shown his searing hand speed in recent recordings on social media, yet Crolla is confident his game-plan can nullify the three-weight world champion.
“I’m not going to lie, I can’t compete with flashy padwork like that – I can’t do that,” Crolla told Sky Sports News HQ.
“There is other things to my game that I feel will go well against that, will have the answer to it.”
“I’ve got to be cutting off the ring quicker this time, I’ve got to respond myself in bunches a little bit more. There is so many obstacles that are going to be put in front of me from Jorge Linares, but I believe I will have an answer for every one of them.”
Following their exciting first fight, Crolla is bracing himself for another gruelling battle when he resumes hostilities with Linares.
“It might go early, it might go inside the distance, but I’m prepared for 12 very hard rounds,” he said.
“There are going to come times in the fight when it’s not going to go my way, when I’m going to have to weather a storm and I’ve got to bite down on that gumshield, but that is something I’m willing to do. I’m willing to dig deeper than ever before.”
“If it has to get into a dogfight, I don’t mind, whatever it might be. I think there is going to be a bit of everything in this fight, a bit of boxing, a bit of a chess match, but I definitely see a good fight.”
“It was one of the fights of the year last time. I can certainly see us both being even better this time.”