Ring/WBA/WBO lightweight champ Vasiliy Lomachenko outclassed and quickly overwhelmed overmatched mandatory challenger Anthony Crolla in four rounds on Friday at Staples Center, Los Angeles.
In the third round, Lomachenko thought he’d secured the TKO finish. The champion unloaded on Crolla with a damaging combination that caused referee Jack Reiss to step in to signal an official knockdown. It was the right call as one of Lomachenko’s punches forced Crolla so deep into the ropes that he would have gone down without the support.
Lomachenko thought he’d won the fight and began his celebration. Once things were sorted out, the round ended. Lomachenko wasted no time resuming his dominance and quickly scored the fourth round KO.
After the bout, Lomachenko called out WBC champion Mikey Garcia but didn’t sound too confident in getting the fight.
Initially, Lomachenko was supposed to face IBF champion Richard Commey. The latter suffered a hand injury in his last fight (the bout that won him his title) and was shelved. Lomachenko instead fought his mandatory challenger for the WBA title–which was Crolla.