Anthony Crolla will face Jorge Linares for a second time this weekend
Crolla lost his WBA lightweight title to Linares, the judges awarding the Venezuelan a unanimous decision.
But Crolla believes had he fought to the best of his ability, he could have secured victory and nothing has changed to suggest that won't be the case this time around.
"He had a long layoff before our last fight but he was still very good against me that night, going on his past performances," Crolla told ESPN.
Anthony Crolla was out-boxed by Jorge Linares in September
"It wasn't like I came up short against him when he had a bad night.
"He had a good night and I came up short, the right man won but there wasn't a lot in it.
"I think he will change a few things.
Jorge Linares won the WBA world title from Anthony Crolla in September
"He will box to his strengths, throwing punches in bunches, clusters, and he has fast hands.
"I would have beaten him if he was like some of his past performances.
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"I don't think he can be miles better."
Linares has not lost since March 2012 and has previously held featherweight and super-featherweight world titles to go with the lightweight title he won in September.
Crolla was the 10th straight fighter to lose to Linares and while the Manchester boxer appears supremely confident of avenging the defeat, former world champion Carl Froch thinks the Brit will need to flirt with some rule-breaking to win.
“He’s not going to outbox him,” Froch told Express Sport.
“He needs to put it on him and rough him up.
Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick watch Anthony Crolla take on Jorge Linares
Sun, September 25, 2016
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney and teammate Michael Carrick have been spotted enjoying a night out at the boxing after coming off the bench in the Red Devil's 4-1 win against Leicester at Old Trafford
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Manchester United stars Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick were spotted enjoying the boxing at the Manchester Arena last night as Jorge Linares defeated Anthony Crolla to win The Ring title
"If it was me I would be putting a nut in and that’s because of the type of fighter I am.
“You can be close to the edge of the rules and let the referee do his job. He’s got to get on his front foot, back up Linares and get rough.
"He needs to draw him into a dogfight.
“Linares will happily oblige him.
"Make him work earlier and hope he will tire.
"If you are a better athlete than someone and you have the better tactics then you can outwork them."