Crolla: I always believed

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The 28-year-old Mancunian suffered the injury, and a broken ankle, when he confronted a pair of alleged burglars outside his home on December 16 and was forced to pull out of a world title shot at WBA king??Richar Abril scheduled for January 23.

But having made a full recovery from his injuries, Crolla is delighted to be back in training.

He told Sky Sports News HQ: “I never stopped believing this day would come from the moment I was in the hospital bed through to the operation.

“I didn’t know it would come so soon though so I’m made up to be back. It’s good to be back with the lads. I woke up so excited this morning. It’s amazing how much you miss it.

“I believed my recovery time would be shorter than most because I’m a young fit lad and I live a clean life. I’ve got a great physio who I’ve been seeing a few times a week. I’ve followed all the stretches.

“I’ve been very lucky with the people who’ve helped me and that’s the main reason I’ve recovered so well. I can’t put a date on it just yet but for the last few weeks I’ve thought I’d be ready for May, which is a lot sooner than most people expected.

“Obviously it depends on the date (Matchroom promoter) Eddie Hearn and the team can deliver so I’ve got to wait on that. I’ll be ready for a big fight then – I’ve just got to be careful I don’t rush back too soon.”

Abril has since agree to fight Liverpudlian Derry Matthews, who Crolla has lost to and drawn with in a pair of domestic classics.

Crolla said of the March 6 bout: “Richar Abril has got to make a living. He can’t wait for me to get better. He’s a world champion and he’s got a worthy challenger in Derry Matthews. It’s a fight I’m looking forward to watching.

“I’m a great believer in everything happening for a reason. I’m not sure what the reason is just yet but that’ll explain itself in time and I’m very confident I’ll get that world title shot at the end of the year.”