Vasiliy Lomachenko Decimates Anthony Crolla to Retain Lightweight Titles

Lomachenko outclasses Crolla with fourth-round KO

The fight ended when Lomachenko (13-1, 10 KO) connected with a near-lethal right hook that landed perfectly above the ear of the crouching Crolla, flooring him face first and badly hurting him. At 0:58 seconds of the fourth round, Lomachenko scored the knockout victory to successfully, easily and very violently retain his unified WBO/WBA lightweight titles. Lomachenko was too good for Anthony.

Lomachenko believes he fractured his hand while delivering the final knockout punch and wanted the fight to be stopped earlier when he trapped Crolla on the ropes at the end of the third round.

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.

Crolla dropped to 34-7-3 after a poor performance against overwhelming favourite Lomachenko.

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Crolla couldn't escape Lomachenko's combinations on the ropes late in the third round, but made it to the bell at Reiss' discretion.

Campbell could be a potential opponent for Lomachenko as he has earned a mandatory shot at the WBC title now held by Mikey Garcia, who is yet to announce if he will vacate the belt.

Ukrainian Lomachenko headlined the Staples Center, which saw a crowd of more than 10,000, for the first time in his career, and has now won 12 straight fights.

"I want to shock the world and beating him would be one of the biggest upsets of all time", he said. "That's my goal. I want historic fights", Lomachenko said. "He's fantastic, unbelievable. I've never seen a fighter of that size be at that level, and I've been doing this for over 50 years", said Arum, who represents Lomachenko. The fight was Ramirez's debut at light heavyweight.

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