Crolla Looks For Upset With Win Over Lomachenko

Anthony Crolla was not Vasyl Lomachenko’s first option for April 12th in Los Angeles, but the former WBA lightweight champion is looking to leave on Friday night as world champion.

Lomachenko’s first option, fellow lightweight champion, Richard Commey, would pull out due to a hand injury suffered in his title winning showcase in February. That left the former Olympic gold medalist defending his WBA and WBO titles against the mandatory challenger Crolla.

Crolla earned his shot at the title with three straight wins, including a November win over Daud Yordan. Now, walking into Staples Center as a 1-100 underdog, Crolla is focused on throwing the world of boxing into shock.

“I first came into boxing to win a world title, which I’ve done, to try to get a house out of it, which I’ve done, to make life a little easier for the family,” Crolla told Association sport. “I’ve achieved everything that I’ve wanted to but all I’m focused on now is shocking the world.

“The motivation for me is pulling off one of the biggest wins by a British fighter in boxing history and that’s what it would be, I’m not exaggerating.”

Lomachenko’s abilities have become the stuff of legends, forcing opponents to quit on the stool instead of dealing with the punishment he’s brought.

Yet, after injuring his right shoulder in 2018 in his win over Jorge Linares, and going the distance in his last fight against Jose Pedraza, Crolla feels Lomachenko is beatable..

“This is the hardest test of my career but I believe I belong at world title level,” Crolla explained heading into fight week. “It’s just that there happens to be a fantastic fighter who is the world champion.

“He’s a bit different to anyone else, he’s so unorthodox, very clever and he’s got unbelievable movement.

“There are very few weaknesses but no one is indestructible or invincible.”

Crolla-Lomachenko headlines a Top Rank on ESPN+ card from Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, beginning at 10pm ET on ESPN+.


Report: Sporting Life

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