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Anthony Crolla has revealed that he will target a comeback this summer as he continues to recover from the attack which left him with a fractured skull last month.
The 28-year-old is recovering well from his injuries after he was attacked on December 16 when he chased down and confronted two men who had tried to burgle his neighbour’s house.
Given the seriousness of the damage done, his world title fight against Richard Abril for the WBA lightweight belt was cancelled and his trainer Joe Gallagher even conceded that he feared whether or not he would be able to make a comeback at all.
However, Crolla is in high spirits nearly a month on and he has been boosted by the fact that he has moved up to No.2 behind Juan Diaz in the latest WBO rankings.
In addition, with champion Terence Crawford expected to make the step up to light-welterweight, Crolla could move even closer to a dream world title fight later this year.
“It really cheered me up,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “Obviously, Terence Crawford is the champion, but it seems common knowledge that he’s going to move up in weight. I could end up being right by the time that comes around.
“The plan is to get out in the summer, but we’ve not talked about opponents yet or what kind of fight it will be. It doesn’t bother me. I’ll be ready to get straight back in there.
“I boxed in November and by the time the summer comes around it will be seven or eight months. There are loads of fighters who fight on that sort of schedule.
“It’s not like I’ll be out of the ring for a few years or there’s going to be major rust. I’ll just get the right sparring in and be ready straight away for a big fight.
“At the minute there’s no weight being put on my ankle. With the fractured skull, I’ll take my time getting back into sparring. But I’ll make a full recovery and before I know it I’ll have a big fight in the summer.”
Crolla added that he is itching to back into full rehab and he remains optimistic that he can still fulfil his dream of becoming a world champion this year.