Linardatou vs Taylor: Anthony Crolla wins farewell fight in Manchester | Boxing News 1

Anthony Crolla floor out a hard-fought majority choice over Frank Urguiaga in his farewell fight to assert the vacant WBA continental light-weight title.

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Crolla, who in his final outing in April shared a hoop with pound-for-pound star Vasilily Lomachenko, secured a 95-95, 98-92, 97-93 verdict over Urquiaga to carry the curtain down on his 45-fight profession at his beloved Manchester Arena.

“I thought I had done enough, I know time’s up now. I’ve had a great career and loved every minute,” Crolla advised Sky Sports afterwards.

“Manchester, thanks a lot. I’ve lived the dream.

“I loved the fight, I knew I was previous it, I do not need to hold round and be a stepping stone.”

The in style Mancunian, combating for the 14th time on the venue the place he made his skilled debut, received and misplaced a world title, was pressured on the again foot in the opener by Urquiaga.

Crolla started to seek out his rhythm extra in the second spherical however the Barcelona-based Urquiaga continued to pose a risk, touchdown photographs to each the top and physique.

After the pair traded physique photographs in the third, Urquiaga repeatedly discovered the goal together with his proper hand in the fourth.

The former WBA champion backed up his rival in the fifth and landed good one-twos when up shut earlier than getting behind his jab in the sixth.

‘Million Dollar’ continued together with his ramrod jab in the seventh and managed to evade some wild punches however the Peruvian landed an honest hook in a heavy-handed end to the spherical.

The penultimate spherical noticed Crolla try and again up Urquiaga however his elusive opponent refused to conform.

After the pair hugged forward of the 10th and ultimate spherical, Crolla raised his recreation with the backing of the gang to safe victory through a majority choice and retire with a 35-7-Three file.


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