Vasyl Lomachenko calls out Mikey Garcia after beating Anthony Crolla

Lewis Collier
April 13, 2019

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. "I always need to find a key for his defense".

Even when Lomachenko can't get an ideal opponent, he still puts on a show - and the raucous crowd of 10,101 at Staples Center enjoyed it.

"I want to unify all the titles", said Lomachenko, adding he wants to fight Mikey Garcia, who holds the WBC lightweight title.

The two-time Olympic champion was the overwhelming favourite heading into the bout at the Staples Center on Friday night and dominated from the off, throwing a flurry of punches and backing Crolla into the corners. Lomachenko wanted to fight IBF champion Richard Commey, but Commey suffered a hand injury.

Reiss ruled a knockdown late in Round 3 when combination punching from Lomachenko caused Crolla to sit down on the ropes while eating clean shots.

But Crolla has now lost three of his last six fights.

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I thought I'd done it all, but now I know I've done it all". "I don't think I could do it again if I even tried", Johnson said. Kevin Kisner , who was playing in the group in front of Johnson, said he'd never done it in a competitive round.

As the fight continued, Lomachenko was relentless with his attack and opening up with his offense while Crolla simply shelled up and was attempting to survive the onslaught.

"I've been doing this for well over 50 years, and I've never seen anything like that guy", said Bob Arum, Lomachenko's Hall of Fame promoter. The Ukrainian has developed a significant fan base in the boxing-savvy Los Angeles area, where he lives and trains. 'I feel like I'm in Ukraine here'.

The knockout punch was so loud it could be heard by those sitting outside the ring.

Had Lomachenko not taken the Crolla fight, he would have been stripped of one of his belts.

LA celebrities in attendance included Don Cheadle, Rosie Perez, director Peter Berg and Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay.

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