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Live Reporting

Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thanks and goodbye

    So Anthony Crolla's spell as world lightweight champion has come to an end. But his is an incredible story, and there could well be a few more twists and turns to came in the future.

    A rematch is already being talked about for early 2017 and if it is anything like tonight then it will be something worth waiting for.

    We will end the live page there, but thank you as always for all your comments. Bye for now.

    Anthony Crolla salutes the crowd
  2. Crolla v Linares II 'in February or March'

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Promoter Eddie Hearn on Radio 5 live: "Our British fighters are daring to be great by fighting the very best fighters in the world. It was a very close fight and we'll look to do a rematch in February or March.

    "Massive credit to Linares for coming back to win the fight. He's the best lightweight in the world. You can take easy defences but Crolla wants to be the best and has given the crowd a great show. 

    "He's down now but he should be proud and we will go again. Let's go back to the gym and get those belts back."

  3. 'He will be inconsolable'

    Steve Bunce

    Boxing pundit speaking on BBC Radio 5 live

    Crolla needs a proper break now. He is exhausted physically and mentally and needs a slow recovery. He can barely walk right now.

    He will get this absolute rapier of grief later, like he's been stabbed through the heart, and will be inconsolable for a long time at losing his world title.

  4. 'Heart-breaking to lose the belt'

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Anthony Crolla on Radio 5 live: "I am deeply disappointed. I have no complaints. I am sorry I couldn't do it for this crowd.

    "He's the best man I've ever been in a ring with, he's very fast and sharp and it was a pleasure to be in there with him.

    "I gave it everything, it wasn't through a lack of trying, the difference was I took one or two hard counter-shots, which I was warned about, and I paid the price.

    "I am gutted, it's heart-breaking to lose the belt, but I will come back from this."

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    Mike Drowne: What a humble fighter Anthony Crolla is. People could learn a lot from him "no excuses" after defeat.

    Anthony Crolla
  6. 'Rematch will happen in Manchester'

    Crolla's promoter Eddie Hearn says we will see these two fighters go again in the future.

    "There will be a rematch, we have an agreement for this," says Hearn. "It will happen in Manchester again.

    "This young man is a credit to Manchester and a credit to Great Britain. He never moans, he has never moaned once. He will fight Jorge Linares again, and he will beat him.

    "Boxers like Anthony Crolla want to fight the best and Manchester should be so proud of this man."  

  7. 'Absolutely gutted'

    And now, let's hear from beaten fighter Anthony Crolla. He says: "It was a close fight, but I have no complaints. I will watch it back and I walked on to a few sharp combinations.

    "He rocked my world, I'm not going to lie, my head is still spinning. I trained hard, I am absolutely gutted. It was a pleasure to share a ring with him and he is the best fighter I have fought but I never celebrate losing.

    "I came so close to beating him and it shows I belong at this level. A few mistakes can cost you and that's what happened tonight.

    "I have to make sure I win a rematch."

    Anthony Crolla
  8. 'Crolla showed dogged determination'

    Richie Woodhall

    Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live

    Linares is a true champion, he didn't let the crowd get to him. 

    Crolla had to take some hard shots, he showed dogged determination and boxed intelligently but he took one too many shots from one of the best fighters in the division with very quick hands which helped him control the fight at the end.

    Jorge Linares celebrates with title belts
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    AshBoio: Gutted for Anthony Crolla but Linares was immense. Quality fight fellas. 

    John lawlor: No way was that a 6 round win.

  10. 'We gave Manchester a beautiful fight'

    Some quotes from Jorge Linares. He says: "I want to tell all the people thank you very much. We gave Manchester a beautiful fight and we can do it again.

    "I hurt my hand in the sixth, backed off a bit, in the 10th I told my corner I would close out the victory and I did and that's what got me the victory.

    "Why not come back to Manchester in the future, I love it here."

  11. Post update

    Steve Bunce

    Boxing pundit speaking on BBC Radio 5 live

    That was a fantastic performance from a great fighter. We've seen tenacity, skill, composure. 

    Crolla played his part from the opening round but his power seeped away from him towards the end. Not his heart, just his power. I think Crolla is close to exhaustion.

  12. Post update

  13. BreakingLinares wins on points decision

    Anthony Crolla's reign as world champion is over. Jorge Linares takes the victory by margins of 115-114, 117-111 and 115-113.

    The Venezuelan takes the WBA world lightweight title, and the Ring Magazine belt to lay his claim as the best lightweight in the business.

    Jorge Linares celebrates
  14. Get ready

    And here are the scores...

  15. 'Crolla was out on his feet'

    Round 12

    Steve Bunce

    Boxing pundit speaking on BBC Radio 5 live

    Linares changed the course of the fight in the 10th round by moving his feet, but Crolla couldn't match him because he was so tired and out on his feet.

  16. 'Linares starts to celebrate'

    Mike Costello

    Radio 5 live boxing correspondent

    Crolla finishes in pain and agony at the punches he has taken. Linares starts to celebrate but there aren't any celebrations in Crolla's corner.

  17. Post update

    Round 12

    A tremendous contest, both men fighting hard until the final bell. Which way will the decision go? We go to the judges' scorecards, but what an effort from both men.

  18. Post update

    Round 12

    Crolla lands a few shots to the head but Linares does not look in any trouble.

    Anthony Crolla in action
  19. Post update

    Round 12

    The crowd chant one more time for Anthony Crolla. Can their man respond?

  20. Post update

    Into round 12

    Steve Bunce

    Boxing pundit speaking on BBC Radio 5 live

    That was a masterclass from Linares. He took what little sting is left in Crolla's punches. You learn that from nine years of world title fights. That was the easiest round he's had. Crolla looks like he's walking in quicksand.

    Anthony Crolla in action