Lomachenko-Crolla Come Under 135 Pounds
It wasn’t a hard weigh-in for either Vasyl Lomachenko and mandatory challenger Anthony Crolla, as both weighed-in under 135 pounds on Thursday.
The battle for the unified lightweight title will see Lomachenko officially at 134.4 pounds and Crolla at 134.8 pounds, as they took the scales at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
This marks Lomachenko’s first battle as unified champion following his decision win over Jose Pedraza on December 8th.
Many were shocked at Lomachenko being unable to finish the fight, but had recently underwent shoulder surgery after tearing his right labrum against Jorge Linares..
“Now I am healthy, 100 percent, so (Friday) I will try to show all my skill and my try to show my best style,” Lomachenko said after the weigh-in.
“I’ve got to try and make my size (advantage) count — height, reach. I’ve got a much longer reach but winning this fight is going to be much more than being the bigger guy,” Crolla said looking for the upset. “I’ve got to be smart in there. I’ve got to use my size well. I’m the best prepared I’ve ever been in my life so the timing is perfect for me.
“Would Loma rather have another opponent for a super fight? Yeah, he probably would. But do I believe he’s underestimating me? I’m not so sure. He’s got a very professional team around him but if he has I’m prepared the best I possibly can and fight night I’ll be giving it everything I possibly can to pull off this upset, and I really believe I can do it.”
Via ESPN: The California State Athletic Commission released the official contract purses, with Lomachenko making $1.2 million, but his guarantee is closer to about $3.2 million, according to a source with knowledge of the agreement. Crolla’s purse is $300,000.
Initial Report: ESPN