Lomachenko destroys Crolla with fourth round KO

Sergio Cunningham
April 14, 2019

Vasyl Lomachenko has been hailed as the undisputed pound-for-pound king of boxing as he dissected England's Anthony Crolla in Los Angeles on Friday night, knocking out the Brit with a stunning fourth-round combination.

The writing was on the wall and within minutes Lomachenko wrote his final line with a pinpoint right hook.

"I would like to fight with Mikey Garcia", Lomachenko said, but the politics of boxing make that a hard bout to put together.

It was over less than 60 seconds later as Lomachenko guided Crolla against the ropes and landed a vicious right-hook which left the Englishman face down on the canvass.

At 0:58 seconds of the fourth round, Lomachenko scored the knockout victory to successfully, easily and very violently retain his unified WBO/WBA lightweight titles. Lomachenko vs Crolla should be going off at about 12:25 ET, tune in. The Mexican-American fighter has said in the past that he's felt slighted by Lomachenko's unwillingness to fight without the "proper conditions" in place.

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Crolla, a former world champion from Manchester, had aimed to pull off one of the biggest shocks in boxing history after a win over Daud Yordan last November made him the mandatory challenger for Lomachenko.

Things could well have been called to a halt late in the third as Vasyl turned up the heat on his opponent, battering him with a relentless barrage before having an inevitable TKO taken away from him by the bell.

'I feel at home here, ' Lomachenko said. "That's my goal. I want historic fights". "I stay at 135 as long as possible, and I want to unify all (the) titles".

The fight to make is one against Mikey Garcia, who suffered his first defeat last month in a welterweight title fight with Errol Spence Jr.

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