Jorge Linares: 'Anthony Crolla is my most important fight'

Jorge Linares says that his world lightweight showdown with Anthony Crolla is the 'most important fight of his career'.

Jorge Linares has said that his world lightweight clash with Anthony Crolla on Saturday night is the 'most important fight of his career'.

The Venezuelan is a three-weight world champion but with the WBC Diamond, Ring Magazine and Crolla's WBA title on the line, he has suggested that the Manchester bout could define his illustrious career.

The 31-year-old told reporters: "We are ready and come Saturday night - we are taking all of the belts.

"Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome. This is the most important fight of my career."

Linares has won 40 of his 43 fights as a professional, while Crolla has 31 victories from 38 outings.

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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