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By Mark Elezaj
LOS ANGELES – Is anyone truly surprised that Vasyl Lomachenko (13-1, 10 knockouts) easily dominated and stopped Anthony Crolla (34-7-3, 13 KOs) in four rounds Friday night at a packed Staples center? I mean it has become the norm, am I right? It’s what we’ve come to expect from the Ukrainian fighter. He steps inside the ring, overwhelms virtually every one of his opponents and makes it look easy throughout.
Lomachenko’s victory over Crolla, a former champion, Friday night was a brilliant display of the “sweet science.” He made an experienced, world-class boxer, look defenseless and helpless. Lomachenko not only beat Crolla, he pretty much embarrassed him.
Round one was an even round, as both Lomachenko and Crolla used most of the round to feel one another out.
The second round was a completely different story. Lomachenko began to land hard punches from all angles, attacking both the head and body.
Things started to look grim for Crolla in the third. Lomachenko began to unloaded and land a flurry of uncontested punches while Crolla had his back on the ropes. Referee Jack Reiss jumped in and ruled a technical knockdown.
Lomachenko, his team and the fans in the arena all thought that Reiss had stopped the fight and Team Lomachenko began to celebrate, making their way into the ring only to realize that the fight wasn’t stopped.
After the confusion was cleared, Lomachenko continued to attack Crolla, landing the final blow, a right hook behind the ear, sending Crolla to the canvas face first. Reiss waived off the fight at 58 seconds of the fourth round, giving Lomachenko another knockout victory.
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After the fight, Lomachenko made it clear that he wants to face fellow pound-for-pound champion Mikey Garcia in a title-unification bout.
“I want to fight Mikey Garcia, but we’ll see. I don’t know.”
“I stay at 135 as long as possible, and I want to unify all titles.”
Crolla, visibly upset over the loss, had nothing but praise for Lomachenko.
“My pride is more hurt than my body as I wanted to give it my best but he’s just phenomenal, 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.”
~ The Fighting Voice ~