Anthony Crolla v Ismael Barroso in WBA world lightweight title fight

Anthony Crolla knocked out Colombia's Darleys Perez in the fifth round to win the WBA lightweight title.
Anthony Crolla (l) knocked out Darleys Perez to win the WBA lightweight title - his 30th win in 37 fights

Britain's Anthony Crolla will defend his WBA world lightweight title against Ismael Barroso at the Manchester Arena on 7 May.

The 29-year-old won the title by beating Darleys Perez in November, less than a year after fracturing his skull when confronting burglars.

Venezuelan Barroso beat Kevin Mitchell for the interim title in December.

"This is a tough task but there was no way I was not going to take the fight," said Manchester's Crolla.

"I enjoyed a break since winning the title, but I have been in the gym for a while already and I am in a good place.

"People said I was going to duck him. If I don't fight him I lose my belt, simple. Of course I am going to fight him.

"I've worked too hard to become world champion to give it away."

Barroso, 33, has won 19 of his 21 fights, drawing the other two.

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