Jorge Linares has warned Anthony Crolla to expect a strong knockout when they face in their Saturday rematch.
Linares won their first match last September on points, leaving the Manchester Arena with both WBA and Ring Magazine titles.
However, the Venezuelan has told the British boxer to expect an early end to their second fight.
“If the knockout comes this time – if it’s right there like it was last time – I am going to get it,” he told Sky Sports News HQ, via a translator.
“This time there have been no issues with my hand, there have been no issues. ”
“I am not coming back after a long break, I am coming better than ever. My legs, my mentality, my physical conditioning, everything is on par.”