Mikey Garcia says Linares should beat Crolla again

Carla Harmon
March 24, 2017

Their first encounter was an enthralling yet exhausting fight with Linares emerging victorious via a unanimous decision.

"It could be another long fight - I've prepared for 12 hard rounds as always". You have to go back to the drawing board and re-evaluate things and think about what you want to do in the sport.

I would run 10 miles in the morning, 10 miles in the afternoon, and even did training doing hard labor.

Then Nathan Wheatley and Ben Sheedy will scrap it out in two six by three-minute fights before Hosea Burton takes to the ring.

"I believe if Jorge comes in looking for the knock-out he comes away from what he's best at, and if he does so I feel it falls right into my hands".

"But (he won't beat me) this time, because I trained hard - last time I was good, but this time I'm going to be faster, stronger, more aggressive and more intelligent".

And in terms of where a victory on Saturday against 31-year-old Linares (41-3, 27 KO wins) would rank for him within it, Crolla said: "People have said "you'll never get that night back, of winning the world title", but then it got better when I defended it against Ismael Barroso (in May last year)".

And he is feeling good about the preparation he has done with Gallagher as he looks to make adjustments from his original effort in September.

"I've had offers from just about everybody", he said. "It's nice, I feel at home".

Jorge Linares: "If the knockout comes this time - if it's right there like it was last time - I am going to get it". You have to improve all the time because as you progress the fights are only going to get tougher and tougher. That was the first time I've been out there. "While Crolla is getting better with each fight, Linares is likely still the better boxer, and should edge him out in a close fight".

"I have had no social life for the past few months, and I will walk to the ring knowing that, knowing I have prepared in the best way I possibly can".

Linares is far too experienced to rest on his laurels and has warned Crolla he is better prepared himself than he was for the first meeting. Camp has gone really well and there will certainly be no excuses.

The pair will be commencing battle once again with the WBA lightweight, Ring Magazine and WBC Diamond titles on the line at Manchester Arena.

Crolla, who will contest the seventh rematch of his career, has been forced by trainer Joe Gallagher to reduce media commitments and distractions in the weeks leading up to the fight.

"Without a doubt training has gone better than the last fight".

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