During the week in Manchester Boxing News and Views’ James Sullivan caught up with local Manchester hero and former lightweight champion of the world Anthony ‘Million Dollar’ Crolla.

Crolla lost his WBA 135lbs world title to Venezuelan Linares last time out.

He dropped a unanimous decision to the highly rated Linares in his hometown of Manchester back in September.

James caught up with Anthony this week to talk all things Linares, how the last fight went, what he needs to do in the rematch, what boxing in front of his fellow Mancunians means to him and more:

Linares is rated not far outside our own top ten pound for pound rankings and in many people’s view, is one of the top technical boxing operators in the world today.

The rematch is set for March 25th, 2017 and again will take place in Crolla’s back yard at the Manchester Arena.

If Crolla were to set the record straight second time around, there is talks of a possible all Manchester world title unification then taking place for later in the year between him and WBO champion Terry Flanagan.

Crolla must first get past the considerable task that is Linares first however.

Flanagan also has a fight scheduled next up against Petr Petrov at the beginning of April,.

But one suspects a showdown between the two Manchester lightweights will be inevitable one day.

For the full press conference this week ahead of the Crolla vs Linares rematch you can catch it here via our Facebook live broadcast.