Anthony Crolla is treating his clash with Daud Yordan like a world title fight, admitting the fear of losing will bring out the best of him in Manchester.
The former WBA champion faces the Indonesian fighter in a WBA final eliminator on the undercard to Tony Bellew’s clash with undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk at the Manchester Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
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Once the bell goes, everything is put aside and we go to war.
A massive fight with current Vasyl Lomachenko could await the winner while a loss would be big setback for either man and Crolla is determined to make sure he has his hand raised at the final bell.
“I’m fighting a very good fighter on Saturday,” Crolla told Sky Sports at Wednesday’s public workout. “This is every bit as hard as a world title fight.
“Our styles will gel well. I expect fireworks and I am ready for war. Once the bell goes, everything is put aside and we go to war.
“I train for every fight as if it is a world title, it gives me that extra edge knowing if I don’t turn up it won’t be enough.
“I need that fear, it drags out that extra few percent in me.
“Honestly, I have had the best camp ever, I am fitter, faster and stronger than ever. I want to steal the show and am expecting 12 hard rounds, but I’m convinced it will be a Crolla win.”
Watch Crolla vs Yordan in a WBA final eliminator on the undercard for Usyk vs Bellew, at Manchester Arena, on November 10, live on Sky Sports Box Office, from 6pm. Book it online here.
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