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Summary

  1. Anthony Crolla draws fight with Darleys Perez WBA lightweight champion
  2. Briton loses out on taking WBA lightweight title seven months after a brutal attack
  3. Carl Frampton beats Alejandro Gonzalez Jr to retain IBF super-bantamweight crown
  4. Scott Quigg beats Kiko Martinez in second round to defend WBA super-bantamweight title

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By Michael Emons and Nate Williams

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and goodbye

So that brings an end to our coverage tonight. And what a night it has been. Scott Quigg destroyed Kiko Martinez inside two rounds to keep his WBA super-bantamweight belt before Carl Frampton was knocked down twice in the first round but recovered to retain his IBF super-bantamweight title on points.

But there was disappointment for Anthony Crolla as his bid for the WBA lightweight title ends in a heartbreaking draw, even though his opponent Darleys Perez had two points deducted for low blows.

Thank you for all your comments. We will leave it there. Visit our boxing page for more reaction and the fight report. Bye for now.

Anthony Crolla
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Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - ends in a draw

So there is to be no fairytale ending to an incredible story. Not yet anyway.

Anthony Crolla, fighting less than eight months after suffering a fractured skull and a broken ankle, put in the fight of his life, on the night of his life.

To judge the fight a draw is going to be a decision that will be talked about for a long, long time to come. Surely, they have to do it all again. Surely, Crolla will get another chance to win the world title he so desperately craves.

'A draw is not crazy'

Current WBO world middleweight champion Andy Lee thinks the judges' decisions may not have been as bad as what some of you have said.

That fight was close, watch it without commentary and a draw is not crazy.But great performance by Crolla, well done to him after everything

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Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - ends in a draw

Paul Mulligan: Not sure what just happened in Manchester. How can one judge score it 116-111 for Crolla and the other two see it so differently?

Michael Sexton: That's not just robbery, that's damn right criminal. That was never a win for Perez without the points deduction.

Conor Spencer: Well that result is pure rubbish! Crolla won that in any minute of any hour of any day.

'Crolla is a hero'

Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - ends in a draw

Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan on Twitter.

At least in our game with can review bad decisions... Shocking judges scores... @ant_crolla should be World Champ... #Hero

'Crolla deserves a rematch'

Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - ends in a draw

Tony Bellew

Former world light heavyweight title challenger on BBC Radio 5 live

"It's a golden era for British boxing and we could have had another world champion there. I am pretty sure Crolla will get a rematch - he deserves it - although Perez probably won't want to grant it."

Anthony Crolla draws his match against Darleys Perez
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Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - ends in a draw

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Anthony Crolla on Radio 5 live: "I thought I had done enough to win. I thought the deductions swayed it for me.

Anthony Crolla
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"I had to dig deep and do the crowd proud. I will only come back stronger. I am just going to get better and better."

'Anthony deserves a medal'

Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - ends in a draw

Promoter Eddie Hearn: "I am devastated. It was a close fight but I felt he won the fight without the deductions. People don't realise the sacrifices people make and Anthony deserves a medal for even getting back into the ring."

Eddie Hearn
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'Shocking decision'

Twenty-time jump jockey champion AP McCoy is certainly not impressed by the scoring.

Another good fight @ant_crolla has been absolutely robbed shocking decision

'Amazing Crolla performance'

What a joke! @ant_crolla won that for me, absolutely gutted! Amazing performance nevertheless, hope he gets another shot soon well deserved

'Heart-breaking end to the fairytale'

Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - ends in a draw

Tony Bellew

Former world light heavyweight title challenger on BBC Radio 5 live

"This is the bad part of boxing. For me Anthony has not had a fair rub of the green here tonight.

"But one thing we will say here is that Crolla is on the world scene because that was a world-class display against a world-class fighter.

"It's heart-breaking because he got to the end of the fairytale but the door was closed just as he got to the sunlight."

Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - ends in a draw

Crolla's trainer Joe Gallagher said: "I thought Anthony had won it by two rounds. I'm very proud of him. The people of Manchester that came out to support him were fantastic. But it is a bit disappointing and it has put a dampener on the evening. I should have two world champions this evening."

Anthony Crolla added: "I'm only going to get better. When this opportunity came I was never going to give it up. But I promise everyone that I will win the world title."

Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - ends in a draw

Some quotes from Anthony Crolla, whose world title hopes have been dashed as it ends in a draw against Darleys Perez: "I thought I had done enough to be a world champion," said Crolla. "Perez is a great fighter and I'm sure the Manchester crowd want to see him back again and we can go again.

"I'm bitterly disappointed that I have not got the title to go back home with me. I'm not one to cry but I did get caught low a number of times."

Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - ends in a draw

Tony Bellew

Former world light heavyweight title challenger on BBC Radio 5 live

"Perez has had two points taken off him in a really tight fight. For me that sways it."

DRAW

Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - ends in a draw

Despite having two points deducted, Colombian Darleys Perez keeps hold of his title as it ends in a draw. The judges scores are 114-113 to Perez, 116-111 to Crolla and 113-113.

Perez after retaining his title
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Tony Bellew

Former world light heavyweight title challenger on BBC Radio 5 live

"Crolla is exhausted. All that's carrying his legs is adrenaline. The vibes are not good. Promoter Eddie Hearn is shaking his head."

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Commonwealth Games gold medallist Anthony Fowler

Wait for it people because its gonna come #AndTheNew World Lightweight champion from Manchester England @ant_crolla #TakeABowSon

Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - round 12

What a performance. Anthony Crolla's fans jump up at the end. Joe Gallagher lifts him up on to his shoulders. They think he has won. But we don't know yet. We go to the judges' scorecards.

Anthony Crolla
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Commonwealth, British, European super-featherweight champion Josh Warrington on Twitter

"Biggest round of Crolla's boxing career coming up here! Let's do it."

Anthony Crolla
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Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - round 12

Tony Bellew

Former world light heavyweight title challenger on BBC Radio 5 live

"Crolla just needs to see this round out and he is world champion."

Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - round 12

Another low blow from Perez. Another point off for the Colombian.

Anthony Crolla
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Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - round 11

Crolla's trainer Joe Gallagher shouts at Crolla. It is great stuff. He says: "You go out and win the round and you are world champion. Lose the round and you don't win the title. It is that close. There is one round in it. Nothing reckless, nothing silly."

Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - round 11

Jonathan Overend

Commentator on BBC Radio 5 live

"That low blow, and point reduction, could be crucial and could result in Crolla becoming world champion."

Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - round 11

Darleys Perez is forced back on to the ropes as Crolla tries to muster up every ounce of energy to pound the body shots. He then gets punched, not for the first time, in, let's just say a painful area.

Perez gets a point deducted for repeated low blows. Is that going to be crucial?

Anthony Crolla
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Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - round 10

Tony Bellew

Former world light heavyweight title challenger on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Brilliant round from Crolla. That has levelled it, and he might even be ahead. Perez is going on the back foot waiting for mistakes but Crolla is the busier fighter and the busier fighter will always get given the round at this stage."

'A man possessed'

Former England footballer Trevor Sinclair is loving the action from the Manchester Arena.

@ant_crolla performing like a man possessed #simple #AndNew

Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - round 10

Crolla connects
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There are boos from the Manchester crowd as referee Howard Foster sends both fighters to separate corners, ticking them off for low blows. Some good work early in the round from Perez may have caught the judges' eyes. Two rounds left. Who is winning this one? It is so so close.

Quigg fight is 'a distinct possibility' - McGuigan

Carl Frampton retains his IBF world super-bantamweight title

After Carl Frampton's rival Scott Quigg won inside two rounds earlier tonight, it was inevitable that Barry McGuigan was going to be asked about a future match-up between the pair.

Carl Frampton
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McGuigan didn't give too much away but said they will evaluate the situation at a later date.

"It's a distinct possibility," McGuigan said.

"But there's weight issues involved as Carl had to lose a considerable amount for this fight and we may move him to featherweight. Carl needs a rest and then we'll sit down and look at what we need to do."

Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - round nine

Tony Bellew

Former world light heavyweight title challenger on BBC Radio 5 live

"Crolla needs to maintain the same pace for the next three rounds. Perez doesn't look like the world champion, he's tired and is feeling the pace."

Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - round nine

Crolla
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What energy from Crolla. A four-punch unanswered combination, ending with a shot to the head of Perez leaves the Colombian to go for a wild swing, nearly losing his balance as he does so.

The world champion is going to have to dig deep in the last three rounds. But, whatever happens, boy has he been in a fight. He has not had a moment to breathe and relax throughout the first nine rounds.

Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - round eight

Tony Bellew

Former world light heavyweight title challenger on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"It's been a great fight, nip and tuck. You could have Crolla quite a bit ahead, or Perez quite a bit ahead. It depends on what you like and are looking for as a judge but I think Perez might be up by one round.

"I'm losing my marbles here, it's like watching my brother fight."

Anthony Crolla
Lawrence Lustig

Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - round eight

Crolla has a small cut underneath his right eye but it does not seem too bad, although he does get caught by a well-timed uppercut from Perez. How much does Crolla have left in the tank? He has put in a great effort, constantly working in every round. But has he got the stamina to end strongly?

'I was shocked but I got the win'

Carl Frampton - IBF world super-bantamweight champion

Carl Frampton sounded relieved when he spoke to ITV Sport after he retained his IBF title in El-Paso, Texas.

The Northern Irishman was knocked down twice in the opening round and said he was disappointed with his performance.

"I was just shocked at what happened - that's never happened before," said Frampton. "My legs went stiff and I couldn't use my toes for a while, but it was a flash knockdown, I came back and I won.

"The performance wasn't great and I really wanted another knock out but I'll take the win."

Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - round seven

Tony Bellew

Former world light heavyweight title challenger on BBC Radio 5 live

"That was another really close round to score. Perez's corner are starting to panic and asking him to come forward, but they don't like him on the front foot.

"Perez is tiring. He didn't think the fight would be this hard. Crolla is taking a little breather here. I'm guessing that was his lull in the fight. I think he'll take the fight up this round. He will not tire."

Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - round seven

It is relentless, high energy from Crolla and it is working. Perez gets a ticking off from Howard Foster for appearing to lead with the head. He doesn't want a point taken off. Every point could be crucial.

Anthony Crolla
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Paul Mulligan: Sounds like Frampton really struggled to make the weight tonight - clearly impacted preparations. Could jeopardise a Quigg fight.

Rob Oliver: Win or lose tonight, I have more respect for a bloke who stood up to thugs than any world champion, Crolla is already a champion in my eyes.

Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - round six

Tony Bellew

Former world light heavyweight title challenger on BBC Radio 5 live

Crolla
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"That was Crolla's round. He's pushing Perez back and the champion wasn't expecting that. Perez is not able to dictate the pace of the fight and will be in shock in that corner. "

Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - round six

A good right hand from Perez and Crolla is not getting it all his way. The Colombian sticks his tongue out in defiance and then promptly gets hit by a couple of body shots. Mind games from the away fighter?

A straight left from Crolla then finds its target before an accidental clash of heads sees Perez look for a much-needed breather. But it is a tight contest. This one could be going all the way.

Anthony Crolla defends
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Anthony Crolla v Darleys Perez - round five

Tony Bellew

Former world light heavyweight title challenger on BBC Radio 5 live

"I think Crolla has cut Perez on the right eye. I'm not sure how big it is - it could be a scratch, but I'm pretty sure Crolla has caught him."