Lomachenko wows in convincing win over Crolla

Brenda Watkins
April 14, 2019

After the fight, Lomachenko called out Mikey Garcia. It took until only the second round for Lomachenko to open up and hit his stride offensively.

Crolla recovered and 11 months later he won the WBA lightweight belt that Lomachenko retained on Friday. Lomachenko was too good for Anthony.

In the third round, with Crolla being hammered by a barrage of hooks against the rope, it appeared referee Jack Reiss stopped the bout and he wouldn't have been faulted for doing so as Crolla was not fighting back. After a short left downstairs, Lomachenko blasted "Million Dollar" with a missile of a right to the head, sending Crolla face-first to the canvas.

Lomachenko is one of the most formidable fighters in the world and is expected to win comfortably when the two meet in the early hours of Saturday morning. "I always need to find a key for his defense".

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The 31-year-old Lomachenko once again proved everyone that without an ideal opponent he still puts on a quite show and let the world know that he's the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

While he waits for the promotional stars to align for a big-money showdown with Mikey Garcia, Lomachenko had hoped to take on Richard Commey in a three-belt unification fight in this matchup.

Lomachenko then showed why it was a bad idea for Crolla (34-7-3), whose toughness wasn't enough. Losing to Lomachenko is never a disgrace.

The unified world lightweight champion headlined at Staples Center for the first time in his professional career and is already looking ahead to his next fight. The Ukrainian has developed a significant fan base in the boxing-savvy Los Angeles area, where he lives and trains. But he's devastated. He said: "I'm just so gutted for the team because of the work they did". 'I feel like I'm in Ukraine here'.

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