Anthony Crolla will have no excuses when he takes part in Prizefighter next Saturday

By Adam Norman.   Last Updated: 05/10/12 6:06pm

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Derry Mathews (L) came out on top when he met Anthony Crolla earlier this year

Derry Mathews (L) came out on top when he met Anthony Crolla earlier this year

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Anthony Crolla believes his best will be good enough when he stars in Prizefighter next Saturday.

'Million Dollar' enters the tournament as favourite and is on a revenge mission of sorts after he lost his British lightweight title to Derry Mathews earlier this year.

Mathews - who has since lost to Gavin Rees - has also entered Prizefighter and although they are not guaranteed to meet, it gives Crolla the chance to put the defeat behind him.

"I've left nothing to chance and there'll be no excuses."
Anthony Crolla

"It's nothing personal, it's just a job," he told Sky Sports. "We shake hands after and we might meet again next Saturday, and we'll shake hands again.

"We put on a great fight for the fans and hopefully we'll meet again next Saturday."

Crolla insisted it was important that he was not focused purely on Mathews.

"If it happens a little bit of revenge would be nice, it's one of the things that made me want to go in it," he added. "But there's seven other good lads in this and I can't focus my mind on Derry.

"I've been preparing in LA for a couple of weeks, I've left nothing to chance and there'll be no excuses. You'll get the best of me and I'm thinking that's going to be enough."


Mathews is keen on getting it on with Crolla again, whether it's within Prizefighter or in a 12-rounder for the British title again.

"I'd worked so hard to get the belt but I got beat by a world class fighter, everybody knows how good he is," he said.

"He's been a former world champion himself and he can move on to bigger and better things, and hopefully he can vacate the belt.

"If me and Anthony don't meet again in Prizefighter maybe we can fight for the British title. I know Anthony wants it, I want it and the public wants to see the fight again."

"I like having the home support, it's a big massive bonus but I've got to go out and perform to the best of my ability. It's going to be a hard competition to win."

The event, which takes place at Liverpool Olympia, also incudes former British champion Gary Sykes plus Patrick Walsh, Stephen Jennings, Terry Flannigan, Tommy Coyle and Jamie Spence.

Local light-welterweight Nathan Brough has been forced to pull out as he will not be able to make the weight.

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