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‘Boxing’s been so good to me’

Crolla opens up ahead of the final fight of his career

WHEN I woke up in Los Angeles in April, the night after losing to one of the greats [Vasyl Lomachenko], that’s when I had the thought [to retire]. I didn’t want to make any rash decisions, so I gave myself the summer to think about it. I’ve been a world champion – I got what I wanted out of boxing. You’ve got to be realistic. It’s not a defeatist attitude, but Lomachenko’s got the [WBC, WBA and WBO lightweight] belts at the minute and he could have the IBF by next spring. While he’s world champion, I’m not winning a world title. That’s just being realistic. It’s not going to be until at least this time next year that we’ll know what’s going to happen with the belts [if Lomachenko vacates]. There are still big-money fights out there for me in the meantime, but are there easier ways to make money [than boxing]? This will be my 45th fight – that’s a lot of fights. Boxing’s been so good to me. I want to make sure that I take more from boxing than boxing takes from me.

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