Boxing: Anthony Crolla and Stephen Foster will meet on the Froch-Groves undercard

Last Updated: 18/11/13 3:37pm

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Anthony Crolla will be in action in Manchester on Saturday

Anthony Crolla will be in action in Manchester on Saturday

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Anthony Crolla is to defend his WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight title against Stephen Foster Jr. at the Phones 4u Arena Manchester on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

The two Manchester fighters will square off on the undercard of Carl Froch's bout with George Groves, and it will be Crolla's first title defence.

The 27-year-old claimed the title with a majority points victory over Gavin Rees in Bolton in June and thinks a good performance against Foster could lead to some big fights next year.

"If I keep winning then it will happen, because Eddie (Hearn) can deliver big fights," said Crolla.

"At the minute I'm not on (WBO champion) Ricky Burns' radar. He's looking at fighting Ray Beltran again or maybe Terence Crawford, and I've got unfinished business with (Martin) Gethin, that can hopefully be resolved around the same time.

"I've got to work my way up but, if I do, I don't see why I cannot challenge Ricky, or we could go down another route. That's all up to Eddie, I'm just going to concentrate on winning.

"It's nice to be the Inter-Continental champion, it gives you a World ranking and puts you in the shop window for some big fights, so I have to defend the title well."

Foster fancies his chances

Foster had been due to face Michael Katsidis in Australia but has seized the opportunity to step up to lightweight and fight on his home turf.

"It's a great opportunity to fight on a massive bill in my hometown," he said. "I'm always in the gym and in great shape, and I was preparing for 11 December in Australia, so there are no issues there, I'm ready.

"I'm up for any fight and this one promises to be a cracker. Anthony is a very good fighter and a local derby always gets the blood going, so I can't wait to get in there.

"He's been in some tough fights recently, which might have taken something out of him, so I think I can get up there at lightweight and show that I've got the power to gate crash his party."

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