Anthony Crolla and Darleys Perez
Anthony Crolla and Darleys Perez will touch gloves again after their controversial draw (Getty Images)

Anthony Crolla has been awarded a rematch with WBA world lightweight champion Darleys Perez after the pair's controversial draw in Manchester on 18 July. Crolla dominated for long periods of the 12-round bout, which also saw Colombian Perez deducted two points for separate low blows, but the judges scored the bout a majority draw.

But the World Boxing Association has granted the Briton a second chance to claim a maiden world title, though a venue and date is yet to be confirmed.

"When I heard the news I was honestly close to tears," said Crolla, who was victim of a career-threatening attack by burglars in December 2014.

"Not getting that decision was hard to take but I was so grateful to even be part of such a great night and no one can ever take those memories away from me. Now I get another chance and I'm more determined than ever. The people of Manchester and the UK have been incredible and I can't wait to get back in there and face Perez again."

Matchroom chief Eddie Hearn added: "I cannot tell you how happy I am with this news. Anthony Crolla should be world champion. He hasn't moaned, he hasn't sulked and now he has his chance all over again.

"I would like to thank the WBA for making the right decision and the public for all their support of Anthony. I hope Manchester is ready for something special. We are already in negotiations with Perez's team and we expect to announce the date of the rematch very soon."