Anthony Crolla has no regrets ahead of his final fight on November 2

Anthony Crolla
Anthony Crolla

Anthony Crolla has no regrets about his "absolute roller coaster" career as he prepares for what is set to be his final fight.

The 32-year-old Mancunian has declared his clash on November 2 with a yet-to-be-announced opponent will be the bout that concludes his time as a professional fighter.

It takes place at Manchester Arena, the venue where he has had so many memorable fights, including the win against Darleys Perez in 2015 that saw him become WBA lightweight champion.

Asked how he would describe his career, Crolla (34-7-3, 13 KOs) told the PA news agency: "An absolute roller coaster.

"Thankfully the ups far outweigh the downs and I wouldn't change it - if I could do it all again, I'd love to.

"Most of the highlights were there (at Manchester Arena). Winning the world title, defending it (against Ismael Barroso in 2016), the John Murray night (a victory against his fellow Mancunian in 2014).

"Going back to the arena once it reopened (in 2017 following the bombing earlier in the year), with Ricky Burns. There have been so many good nights.

"No regrets. There are obviously fights that could have been made. There was a time where two Manchester lads, me and Terry Flanagan, it would have made sense at the time, but it was different promoters and stuff.

"We both wanted that fight but it didn't happen for one reason or another. It's not a regret, it just didn't happen and it's one of those things."

Crolla memorably went from suffering a fractured skull while confronting burglars in December 2014 to battling out a draw with Perez in July the following year and then beating the Colombian four months later to claim the WBA belt.

After the defence against Barroso, losing the title to Jorge Linares in September 2016 and being defeated in a rematch, Crolla beat Burns, Edson Ramirez and Daud Yordan en route to his most recent fight, April's meeting with Vasyl Lomachenko in Los Angeles.

His challenge for the WBA and WBO crowns held by the Ukrainian ended with a fourth-round stoppage.

"After the Lomachenko fight I think 'what do I want to achieve from the sport?'" said Crolla.

"I've been a world champion, I planned to get a house paid for, which I've done and am thankful for. Then I think 'Lomachenko (also the WBC champion) isn't giving up the belts any time soon'.

"I think boxing's been good to me. I believe I can compete at world level for a bit, I feel great in the gym. But you can't stay in boxing too long.

"It's hard to let it go. There's still big fights out there, decent money-earners. But then I'd be doing it for the wrong reasons."

He added: "If it wasn't at Manchester Arena, I probably wouldn't fight again. Every time I fight at the arena I am living the dream.

"It could easily get emotional, but I can't allow that to happen. I have to be strong and focused like for any other fight. If I want to get emotional, go out the back after and get emotional, not on the ring walk."

Crolla fights on the undercard of Katie Taylor's clash with WBO super-lightweight champion Christina Linardatou.

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