Anthony Crolla: Briton loses to Vasyl Lomachenko in Los Angeles

Anthony Crolla: Briton loses to Vasyl Lomachenko in Los Angeles

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 gold medalist scored a standing eight-count in the third when he unloaded a barrage of punches along the ropes, convincing referee Jack Reiss that the ropes held him up late in the frame.

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

The 31-year-old Lomachenko delivered a devastating right hook to the temple that sent the Englishman crashing face first to the canvas just 58 seconds into the fourth round. Lomachenko initially thought the fight had been stopped.

The crowd of over 10,000 at Staples Center Arena came looking for a knockout and they got exactly that.

Crolla, 32, wasn't Lomachenko's first choice as an opponent.

Lomachenko defended his WBA and WBO 135-pound belts with a violent fourth-round stoppage of Britain's Crolla on Friday night, demonstrating his pound-for-pound excellence with another virtuosic display.

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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.

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. "I want to unify all titles".

"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.

"It will be very historical, a big fight".

The Ukrainian has developed a significant fan base in Los Angeles, where he lives and trains. The fight was Ramirez's debut at light heavyweight.