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Crolla: I'll be back stronger than ever next year

ESPN staff
December 22, 2014
Anthony Crolla was hospitalised after being attacked near his home © Getty Images

Anthony Crolla has vowed to come back stronger next year after a brutal attack left his career in the balance.

The Mancunian lightweight was left with a fractured skull and broken ankle after pursuing two men who he saw in his garden after hearing his neighbour's burglar alarm going off last week.

His long-awaited world title shot against Richard Abril on January 23 was scrapped and his trainer Joe Gallagher admitted he was unsure whether he would even be able to box again.

But Crolla took to Twitter on Sunday night to thank people for their support, and he promised to "be back stronger than ever in 2015".

Promoter Eddie Hearn also tweeted on Sunday and appeared to be in no doubt that Crolla would be back in the ring.

"Great chat with @ant_crolla tonight - great to hear him in such good spirits," he he wrote. "Excited for 'the comeback' -he will get his world title shot!"

Police said on Friday that a 17-year-old boy was being questioned in custody on suspicion of burglary, assault and possession with intent to supply drugs in connection with the incident.

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