Linares will be tough but Crolla's confident
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Anthony Crolla has plenty of respect for Jorge Linares but is confident he can get the job done in Manchester once again on Saturday.
Briton Crolla takes on the Venezuelan for the WBA, WBC Diamond and vacant Ring magazine lightweight titles this weekend and it's expected to be a tight encounter with both fighters coming into the clash in good form.
Crolla defeated Darleys Perez to win the WBA crown in November and then had far too much for Ismael Barroso in May but Linares' stunning stoppage of Kevin Mitchell at the O2 in May proved just how dangerous he can be when at his best.
Crolla is the slight favourite to triumph in his home city once again but he is well aware Linares represents a stiff test of his credentials.
"I rate Linares very highly," said Crolla. "He's technically brilliant. Everyone in the gym loves to watch him fight and he's the kind of fighter young kids should watch.
"He likes to fight at his pace and I can't allow that. I don't want to give too much away, but I've got to take advantage of some weaknesses that I think I've seen there. I'm confident I can do that."
Crolla clearly has a game-plan to adopt and he's sure he has the attributes to see off his opponent on the night.
He added: "I've got to be switched on from the opening bell. He's a very good counter-puncher, so I know I can't be lazy at any stage. But I genuinely believe I'll have an answer for whatever he shows me.
"I have to use my brain in the fight - I've got to drag every last ounce out of myself to win, and that's exactly what I am going to do."