Linares plays down Crolla's home help
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Jorge Linares has warned Anthony Crolla that his fans can't get in the ring to help him when they fight on his home turf in Manchester.
The 31-year-old Venezuelan, who held the WBC lightweight belt until he was forced to give it up because of a year-long hand injury absence, is looking to take Crolla's WBA crown at Manchester Arena on Saturday night.
It is Crolla's third defence of the title and the 29-year-old has admitted that Linares is set to be his toughest opponent to date.
Crolla naturally believes he will come out on top to prove he is the 'main man' in the lightweight division, but Linares claims he feels happier facing fighters in their home environment, which was highlighted by his 10th-round stoppage of Londoner Kevin Mitchell last May.
The former world champion at featherweight and super-featherweight, who has 40 wins from 43 professional fights, with 27 knockouts, said: "I love fighting in my opponent's back yard, with all the noise that comes with it from their fans.
"The supporters cannot get in the ring with their fighter, it's just me and him."