Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Vasyl Lomachenko calls out Mikey Garcia after beating Anthony Crolla

Vasyl Lomachenko and Anthony Crolla- Anthony Crolla insists he will 'shock the world' in title fight with Vasyl Lomachenko Vasyl Lomachenko and Anthony Crolla at the press conference ahead of their world title fight Credit Action Images
Charles Bowen | 13 April, 2019, 16:08

Calling the night's action was Joe Tessitore on play-by-play, former two-division world titleholder Tim Bradley serving as an analyst, and former two-division titleholder and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward, who will also be serving as an analyst.

Crolla recovered and 11 months later he won the WBA lightweight belt that Lomachenko retained on Friday.

After dismantling Crolla, Lomachenko called out WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia.

The fight was waved off after Crolla went down 58 seconds into the fourth round from Lomachenko's hard right hook.

"Lomachenko was too good for Anthony", he said. He will be facing a tough test in Crolla (34-6-3, 13 KOs), however, despite the British boxer being a mandatory challenger. Both Lomachenko and the California commission members thought the fight had been stopped and began to celebrate and enter the ring until Reiss restored order.

The unified world lightweight champion headlined at Staples Center for the first time in his professional career and is already looking ahead to his next fight.

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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.

Crolla, 32, wasn't Lomachenko's first choice as an opponent. Losing to Lomachenko is never a disgrace.

"I want Mikey Garcia, (but) I want to unify titles", Lomachenko said.

The Ukrainian has developed a significant fan base in Los Angeles, where he lives and trains.

32-year-old Crolla said after the bout that his career is nearly over, while for Lomachenko, it remains to be seen just how high this star can fly. "That's my goal. I want historic fights". The fight was Ramirez's debut at light heavyweight.

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