Darleys Perez-Anthony Crolla rematch set for November 21
Anthony Crolla (29-4-3, 11 KOs) will challenge Darleys Perez (32-1-1, 20 KOs) for the WBA lightweight title on November 21, again at the Manchester Arena.
In their first meeting, Colombia's Perez retained his title by a hotly disputed majority draw in July, but many thought the Mancunian won the close fight, especially because the champion had two points deducted by the referee for low blows. One judge scored it 116-111 for Crolla but the other two had it 113-113. WBA president Gilberto Mendoza ordered an immediate rematch and now the venue and date have been confirmed.
Crolla's promoter Eddie Hearn said: "I'm so pleased for Anthony that he gets another bite of the cherry on November 21 in his home city.
"I haven't found anyone yet who didn't feel that he won the first fight but that's in the past now and he has to make this count.
"I feel like he is destined to win a world title and on November 21 on a huge night for Manchester and British boxing, I truly believe his dreams will come true."
Gary Shaw, who co-promotes Perez with Thompson Boxing, said: "I believe Darleys is the superior fighter. This time, there will be no question who wins the fight and is still the WBA champion. I want to commend the WBA for ordering the rematch on this controversy of who won the fight. I also want to thank Eddie Hearn, who was a gentleman during this process. Thompson Boxing and Gary Shaw will leave England with the winner - Darleys Perez."