WBA/WBO lightweight champion Vasiliy “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (13-1, 10 KOs) handed out another masterclass on Friday night, this time to Britain’s WBA Mandatory challenger Anthony “Million Dolla” Crolla (34-7-3, 13 KOs) who dared to dream but was left wanting after four rounds at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The Ukrainian will now look towards securing a matchup with four weight world champion Mikey Garcia.
“I want to fight with Mikey Garcia, but we’ll see. I don’t know,” Lomachenko said afterwards. “I stay at 135 as long as it’s possible, and I want to unify all [the] titles.”
One thing is for sure, Crolla was like a rabbit in the headlights as he succumbed to a left hook to the temple that was setup by quick jab, flooring him face first to the canvas at 0:58 of the fourth round.
“My shoulder wasn’t 100 percent in my last fight, but tonight I felt great. I have a great doctor [Neal ElAttrache], and I want to thank him for all he did,” Lomachenko said. “The crowd in Los Angeles was great. I always wanted a Staples Center fight. This lived up to my expectations.”
Lomachenko started the bout prodding, testing the movement of Crolla before going on the offensive in the second. Crolla for all his energy offered very little which was sensed early by Lomachenko.
The referee Jack Reiss seemed to call an end to the bout after a barrage of shots from Lomachenko in the third, an action that had Crolla arguing whilst Lomachenko prematurely celebrated, Reiss was in fact just scoring a knockdown as Crolla would have gone down but was being supported by the ring ropes.
It was a respite for what was to follow, Lomachenko quickly got back into his rhythm in the fourth which left Crolla on the canvas for the full count this time as the Ukrainian successfully retained his unified WBO/WBA lightweight titles.