WBA and WBO lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko (13-1, 10 KOs) utterly destroyed England’s Anthony Crolla (34-7-3, 13 KOs) on Friday night’s Top Rank on ESPN+ main event in Los Angeles, California, knocking him out cold in the 4th round with a brutal right hook.
Lomachenko completely schooled the former WBA champion, scoring a technical knockdown in round three before an actual KO in round four. It’s only the second time Crolla has ever been knocked out, and he just had absolutely nothing for the Ukrainian star.
More than four years ago, Crolla, 32, was savagely attacked after fighting two men found their way into his yard after allegedly burglarizing a neighbour’s house.
He got his hands on one of the suspects, but the other lifted a piece of concrete and slammed it atop Crolla’s head, fracturing the fighter’s skull and causing a fall that broke his ankle. Crolla remarkably recovered well enough 11 months after the incident to win the World Boxing Assn.
Lomachenko wants WBC champion Mikey Garcia next, although he might vacate the title depending on what he wants to do with his career.
The future options for the two time Olympic gold medalist include face Luke Campbell (20-2, 16 KOs) for the vacant title. Another option is IBF champion Richard Commey (28-2, 25 KOs), who was the original opponent for tonight’s card but was replaced due to suffering a hand injury,