WBA orders Perez-Crolla rematch after controversial draw
The WBA have ordered lightweight champion Darleys Perez (32-1-1, 20 KOs) to face British contender Anthony Crolla (29-4-3, 11 KOs) in a rematch following their disputed draw earlier this month.
Most observers thought Crolla had done enough to take the title especially because the Columbian visitor was deducted two points for lows blow in the later rounds.
But in the end, the fight was ruled a majority draw, with one judge scoring it 116-111 for the hometown favourite while the other two scored it 113-113.
However, Crolla has now been granted an immediate rematch and his promoter Eddie Hearn and Perez's promoter Gary Shaw are already in talks to make a deal for the bout to take place in November and again at the Manchester Arena.
Crolla said: "Not getting that decision was hard to take, but I was so grateful to even be part of such a great night, and no one can ever take those memories away from me. Now I get another chance, and I'm more determined than ever. The people of Manchester and the UK have been incredible, and I can't wait to get back in there and face Perez again."
Hearn said: “I cannot tell you how happy I am with this news. Anthony Crolla should be world champion. He hasn’t moaned; he hasn’t sulked and now he has his chance all over again. I would like to thank the WBA for making the right decision and the public for all their support of Anthony. I hope Manchester is ready for something special.
“We are already in negotiations with Perez’s team and we expect to announce the date of the rematch very soon.”