Crolla targeting new world title tilt

07 October 2017 06:32:00 EST

Anthony Crolla is hoping to hit the world title trail again by defeating Ricky Burns at Manchester Arena on Saturday night.

The 30-year-old is desperate to get back to winning ways having lost his WBA Lightweight belt to Jorge Linares in September 2016, before again losing the rematch via a unanimous points decision against the Venezuelan in March.

And, while Crolla is expecting a difficult evening against his former sparring partner, he is confident of coming out on top.

He said: "The fights against Linares didn't go my way; I know I've got to rebuild. But I don't want to be dropping down a level after being at this level for a good few years.

"I'm expecting a very tough fight but if I fight my fight, I come through."

Burns is also looking to get his own career back on track after Namibian Julius Indongo took his WBA Super Lightweight belt via a one-sided unanimous decision in April.

The fights against Linares didn't go my way; I know I've got to rebuild. But I don't want to be dropping down a level after being at this level for a good few years.

Anthony Crolla

The Scot has won world titles in three weight divisions, but Crolla feels Burns is at his best at lightweight.

He added: "Ricky has got a great engine; I'm not relying on him tiring down the straight and I'm sure he's the same with me.

"I think we've got two strong lightweights in the ring on Saturday night.

"I know how hard it is to win one world title. For him to do that at three different weights shows the quality of the guy.

"I don't plan on moving up three weights but I certainly want to win back a world title.

"Ricky deserves enormous respect. He's very underappreciated in my opinion."

Crolla is 2/5 to win the fight, while Burns is priced at 2/1 to come out on top.

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