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Crolla: I’d rather get laid out in first minute than quit against Lomachenko

Anthony Crolla discusses Friday’s title fight against Vasyl Lomachenko.

As lightweight contender Anthony Crolla (34-6-3, 13 KOs) readies himself to take on Vasyl Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KOs) this Friday night on ESPN+, the British fighter takes some time to talk to Fight Hub TV about his expectations for the fight and what he’s been working on. Check it out...

Crolla on fighting in the U.S. for the first time since 2011:

“It’s been a while, yeah. A lot of the time I’ve been back home in Manchester but I’m so happy to be over here at an iconic venue like the Staples Center, and yeah, I’m excited for Friday night.”

On if he’s had a chance to get acclimated to Los Angeles:

“Yeah, yeah...Body clock’s insane. We’ve been to Los Angeles before a few times. So we know the area well...I’m good, I’m comfortable here.”

On looking like he’s in the best shape he’s ever been in:

“Yeah, and I think that’s the way it should be. I’m fighting one of the best fighters on the planet and always looking to make improvements in camp, and yeah, I’m in the best shape of my life. I’m excited by it all, everything has gone perfect. Mentally I feel fantastic. So, yeah, roll on Friday night.”

On being mentally prepared for this fight:

“Lomachenko likes to make his opponents quit. So I’ve tried to train myself to deal with frustration, and that’s how he makes a lot of fighters quit — by frustrating them...

“Certain punches that we’re throwing, knowing that there’s a good chance that they’re missing and thinking about defensive moves after it. And you know there’s certain like that where recovery time, getting mixed up, your feet are gonna get a longer rest...tried to break me a few times but that won’t happen.

“I’ve not got a quitting bone in my body.”

On what he makes of the fighters who have quit against Lomachenko:

“It’s not for me. Some of them are great fighters and I don’t wanna disrespect them but I’d rather get laid out in the first minute than quit later on.”

On if he thinks Lomachenko has looked more vulnerable in his last couple of fights:

“I’ve said it before: no man’s invincible. He’s been close to it but no man’s invincible. So I take confidence [from his last couple fights] but I’ve got to go in there and fight my own fight.

“[I’ll fight my own fight] by mentally being strong, not getting suckered into letting Loma fight his fight and me following the rule like so many do.”

On what this fight means to him:

“It means the absolute world to me. I’m fighting for the best prize in the sport against an unbelievable fighter. I’m excited. I’m excited by it all, and it’s what I’ve worked so hard for.

“I’m in the final chapter in my career but I certainly believe I’ll fight after this no matter what.”