Friday, 19 April, 2019

Vasyl Lomachenko Destroys Anthony Crolla With Brutal Knockout

Vasyl Lomachenko and Anthony Crolla- Anthony Crolla insists he will 'shock the world' in title fight with Vasyl Lomachenko Vasyl Lomachenko and Anthony Crolla at the press conference ahead of their world title fight Credit Action Images
Adrian Cunningham | 14 April, 2019, 08:24

Vasiliy Lomachenko, the fastest fighter in history to become a three division world champion, disposed of Anthony Crolla in a hurry, knocking out the Englishman in the fourth round at Staples Center.

He will be facing a tough test in Crolla (34-6-3, 13 KOs), however, despite the British boxer being a mandatory challenger.

Referee Jack Reiss intervened and waved after the fight 58 seconds into the fourth round when Crolla was floored by a brutal right hook from Lomachenko.

After the fight, Lomachenko called out Mikey Garcia.

The question is whether he is ready for a mature, seasoned elite opponent like Lomachenko at this stage of his development.

He dropped Crolla late in the third and the bell saved the Brit.

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"I want a fight with Mikey Garcia but we'll see, I don't know", Lomachenko said.

CBS Sports was with you for every punch from the bout in Los Angeles with our updating scorecard and live updates below. But he's devastated. He said: "I'm just so gutted for the team because of the work they did". 'I feel like I'm in Ukraine here'. Lomachenko's next fight is likely to be even bigger, whether as a unification bout or a showdown with one of the other lightweight greats of this era.

Had Lomachenko not taken the Crolla fight, he would have been stripped of one of his 135-pound belts.

In the co-main event, longtime super middleweight champion Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramírez remained unbeaten when his light heavyweight debut against Tommy Karpency was stopped by Karpency's corner before the fifth round. Ramírez appears determined to make a career at 175 pounds instead of returning to 168, where he has dominated most of his competition for a few years.

Ring walks can be expected around 4am at Staples Centre in Los Angeles.