Loma Stops Crolla In Four, Calls Out Mikey
After going the distance in his last fight, Vasyl Lomachenko returned with a vengeance on Friday, stopping Anthony Crolla in under four rounds.
Lomachenko would defend his WBA and WBO lightweight titles against Crolla, who was made the Ukrainian’s mandatory challenger after winning three straight fights, but was labeled a 100-1 underdog prior to fight night.
The defending champion wanted a unification fight against fellow world champion, Richard Commey, but Commey suffered a hand injury when winning his title earlier this year, opening the door for Crolla.
After a close first-round, Lomachenko picked up the pace in the second, putting pressure on the challenger. Lomachenko continued to drag the British boxer into deep water in the third round as Lomachenko unloaded devastating shots onto Crolla, forcing a rare technical knockdown. The call by referee Jack Reiss had Lomachenko’s team think the fight was over, but Crolla was still in the fight and survived into the fourth round.
The fourth round did last long though, as Reiss would call the fight after a Lomachenko landed a right hook behind the ear of Crolla and sent him crashing to the canvas.
“My pride is more hurt than my body as I wanted to give it my best but he’s just phenomenal,”Crolla said immediately afterward. “I knew where I was when the shot hit me on the top of my head but I just couldn’t get up. I wanted to go out on my shield but the shot just caught me high and robbed me of my senses.
“He’s very special. He doesn’t waste a shot. He’ll go on to dominate and do whatever he wants to do in the sport.”
“I want to fight Mikey Garcia, but we’ll see. I don’t know,” Lomachenko said following the fight. “I stay at 135 as long as possible, and I want to unify all (the) titles.”