Crolla joins Matchroom stable

  • Last Updated: September 18 2013, 15:21 BST

Promoter Eddie Hearn hopes Anthony Crolla can secure a world title shot after the Mancunian joined Matchroom Sport.

Anthony Crolla: Has linked up with promoter Eddie Hearn (pic courtesy of Lawrence Lustig).
Anthony Crolla: Has linked up with promoter Eddie Hearn (pic courtesy of Lawrence Lustig).

Crolla will make his first appearance for Hearn on the undercard of Carl Froch's super-middleweight showdown with George Groves at the Phones4u Arena Manchester.

The 26-year-old picked up a career-best win over former world champion Gavin Rees in his last fight and is determined to stake his claim for a title shot on the big stage.

"I'm delighted to join Eddie and Matchroom and I cannot wait for my first fight with them," said Crolla.

"Froch vs. Groves is a massive night and it's great to be a part of it.

"I am right up there in the reckoning now and I know Eddie believes I am close to major fights - so it's down to me to prove that, starting in Manchester on November 23."

Crolla was involved in a thrilling defeat and a draw against Derry Mathews before his battling win over Rees in June.

Hearn is glad to sign the all-action fighter and feels he will soon be ready for one of the lightweight belt holders.

"Anthony is a fantastic addition to the Matchroom Boxing team," said Hearn. "He's a hugely popular figure in the North West, and when you look at his recent run of fights, he's always an entertaining addition to any card.

"His victory over former World champion Gavin Rees has propelled him to another level, and beyond the huge domestic opportunities lies a world title challenge for him in 2014.

"He will be part of the huge Froch vs. Groves show on November 23, with the opponent and undercard announcement the week commencing September 30."

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