Anthony Crolla will return to the ring on July 18 for a world title shot against Darleys Perez after recovering from his ordeal of being attacked by burglars.
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Crolla has been sidelined since late last year after an encounter with a burglar left him with a fractured skull after one of them dropped a paving block on him while he also sustained a badly broken ankle.
The initial fear surrounded his life, but he was able to recover from his injuries before returning to the gym in a bid to get back in the ring and realise his dream of becoming a world champion.
Those injuries scuppered his scheduled bout against Richar Abril back in January, but he will now face Perez for the WBA belt after he succeeded Abril as champion and he certainly brings an impressive record to the table as he has been beaten just once in 33 fights.
As a result, the odds will be against Crolla in his return to action, but he will backed by a noisy home crowd that will be hopeful that he can win the fight on a packed card at the Manchester Arena.
“It’s amazing to be back in the ring and fighting for my first world title. Lying in my hospital bed after the attack, I didn’t know what the future held, I was just lucky to be alive, but I have worked so hard and had so much support that I have to win that title,” Crolla said, according to Sky Sports.
“Perez is a great fighter and I know I am going to have to be at my very best to beat him, but with everything that has happened, it feels like I am destined to win the belt and I will be busting a gut in the gym to be in the best shape I have ever been in on the night to get that belt.”
Anthony Joshua will also feature on July 18, as will Sam Eggington as he faces Glenn Foot for the vacant British welterweight title. Meanwhile, Scott Quigg will headline the bill in his super-bantamweight title clash with Kiko Martinez.