Crolla's challenge for the WBA and WBO lightweight titles held by Lomachenko ended in brutally one-sided fashion in the early hours of Saturday morning at Los Angeles' Staples Center.
There are levels to this game and after last night's showing in the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, no one will understand that more than the latest man to cross paths with Hi-Tech. The referee gave Crolla a standing count at the end of the round following another barrage from the champion and should have waved it off then. Crolla, not a big puncher with his 30% knockout ratio, had no answer for the onslaught and finally succumbed to a vicious right hook that Lomachenko masterfully looped around the high guard of Crolla.
"I would like to fight with Mikey Garcia", Lomachenko said, but the politics of boxing make that a hard bout to put together. "I don't know", Lomachenko said following the fight.
A two-time Olympic gold medalist from Ukraine, the 31-year-old Lomachenko was expecting to face IBF champion Richard Commey until a broken right hand for Commey brought on a change of plans.
Southpaw Vasiliy Lomachenko brutally knocked out former title holder Anthony Crolla in the fourth round Friday to retain his World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organization lightweight titles.
Vasyl Lomachenko has done it again.
He will be facing a tough test in Crolla (34-6-3, 13 KOs), however, despite the British boxer being a mandatory challenger. "I [will] stay at 135 longer, it's possible".
How can I watch Crolla vs Lomachenko? "I want to unify all 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.