Anthony Crolla to defend WBA lightweight crown against Jorge Linares

Anthony Crolla (L) and Darleys Perez during their WBA World Lightweight Championship bout at the Manchester Arena on November 21, 2015 in Manchester, England.
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WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla is to face WBC diamond belt holder Jorge Linares in Manchester on September 24.

Matchroom Sport has announced that WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla will face Jorge Linares in Manchester on September 24.

Since his impressive stoppage of Ismael Barroso on May 7, Crolla has been linked with a number of potential opponents - including WBO title holder Terry Flanagan - but it has now been revealed that the 29-year-old will go up against three-weight world champion Linares.

The Venezuelan is known to British fans for his victory over Kevin Mitchell last year, but injury has restricted the 30-year-old to just one WBC title defence in 13 months.

He was downgraded to 'champion in recess' while he was on the sidelines but he will now defend the WBC diamond title - the governing body's 'super' belt - with the winner of Crolla and Linares being committed to face WBC champion Dejan Zlaticanin in their next bout.

Crolla has won 31 of his 38 outings as a professional while Linares has suffered just three defeats in 43 fights.

Anthony Crolla celebrates after victory over John Murray during the WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight Title fight on April 8, 2014
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