Crolla’s title fight with Abril in January postponed…
Boxer Anthony Crolla has been taken to hospital after he suffered head and ankle injuries when confronting burglars who entered his garden on Tuesday night.
The 28-year-old WBO inter-continental lightweight champion is understood to be receiving treatment in Oldham Hospital and his trainer Joe Gallagher said late on Tuesday: “He’s got head injuries and we don’t know the severity of them yet. He’s having a CT scan.
“I tried talking to him before but he’s concussed. The next door neighbours were being burgled, and the burglars came into his garden.
“He gave chase, and apprehended one of them, and the other one lifted a slab of concrete and hit him with it. He fell and broke his ankle.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn added that he is in a “stable condition” and confirmed Gallagher’s version of events but suggested that more details will likely be released in the next day or two.
“Million Dollar” had been due to face Richar Abril from Cuba for the WBA world lightweight title in his hometown of Manchester on January 23, but he will now have to postpone that bout and wait for his title chance later in the year.
Hearn stressed that the immediate concern was for Crolla’s health but it was undoubtedly devastating for the fighter given that he had a title shot coming up.
It’s another unfortunate incident for Hearn after Kell Brook was the victim of a knife attack earlier this year, but the hope is that Crolla makes a full and speedy recovery from his injuries.