Lomachenko destroys Crolla with fourth round KO

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Lomachenko went rogue and landed a crisp left hand followed by a vicious right hook on the side of the head that put Crolla dropped and sent the Anthony into a faceplant on the floor.

But he faces a mammoth task against Lomachenko, one of the sport's most dominant fighters.

"I want a fight with Mikey Garcia but we'll see, I don't know", Lomachenko said.

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The knockout punch was so loud it could be heard by those sitting outside the ring. He stayed there for some time but even when he was helped to his feet his camp still had to support his wobbly legs.

Lomachenko (13-1, 10 KOs) brutalized the mandatory challenger for his WBA belt throughout their brief fight, and the Ukrainian almost ended it late in the third round when he knocked Crolla into the ropes.

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. But he's devastated. He said: "I'm just so gutted for the team because of the work they did". Lomachenko wanted to fight IBF champion Richard Commey, but Commey suffered a hand injury. I'm like: 'Don't worry about the team, you just fought the pound for pound number one'.

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It's worth mentioning that Vasyl's Staples Center fight card served as the official launch for an ESPN+ boxing program curated by Top Rank promotions, whose chairman Bob Arum was eager to sing the Ukrainian's praises after the bout. Crolla lost the title to Jorge Linares back in 2016 and lost the rematch as well.

Crolla is returning to the ring for the first time since defeating Daud Yordan by unanimous decision in November. Four years ago he was badly injured after confronting two men who broke into a neighbour's house.

Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KO) will be defending his WBO and WBA Lightweight titles against Crolla (34-6-3, 13 KO).

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