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Published On: Wed, Oct 23rd, 2019

Crolla to fight Urquiaga in Manchester before retiring

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Britain’s Anthony Crolla will fight Frank Urquiaga for the WBA continental lightweight title in Manchester in November – his final bout before retiring from boxing.
Crolla, 32, revealed last month he would bow out having lost to WBO and WBA lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko in Los Angeles in April.
The fight will take place on 2 November at Manchester Arena, where Crolla made his professional debut in 2006.
“I’ve had so many great nights at the arena down the years so I’m pleased to be finishing where it all started.
“Urquiaga knows this is his golden chance, a win against me and he throws his name further into the mix. I can’t let the emotions get to me, I’ve got a job to do first and foremost – I want to bow out with a win.”
Manchester-born Crolla won the WBA lightweight world title in his home city in November 2015 with a knockout win against Darleys Perez.
Spain’s Urquiaga has a 13-1-1 record and said it was a “great honour” to face Crolla in his final fight.
Promoter Eddie Hearn said: “Anthony has been one of the great success stories and the experiences he has given us all in that arena are ones we will never forget.

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