After going the distance in his last fight, Vasyl Lomachenko returned with a vengeance on Friday, stopping Anthony Crolla in under four rounds.
Referee Jack Reiss jumped in at 58 seconds to wave off the fight without a count in the main event of a Top Rank card from Staples Center in Los Angeles. Nothing got better in the fourth, and Lomachenko hurt Crolla before finishing him in dramatic fashion. The Mexican-American fighter has said in the past that he's felt slighted by Lomachenko's unwillingness to fight without the "proper conditions" in place.
After short studying the opponent and several hits in the first rounds, Lomachenko continued the fight with KO to Crolla in Round 4 with a ideal right hook to the side of the head to cap off.
Lomachenko, 31, proved the oddsmakers correct in defense of his WBO and WBA lightweight titles, knocking the 100-1 underdog out with a hard right hook just under a minute in the fourth round. I thought it was a poor stoppage because although he wasn't particularly in the fight, it was a poor stoppage.
LOS ANGELES- Vasyl Lomachenko wanted a bigger challenge and a more prominent opponent than Anthony Crolla for this Hollywood showcase.
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.
"I feel at home here", Lomachenko said.
The two-time Olympic champion justified his heavy favourite tag and Lomachenko chalked up a routine win at the Staples Center in the early hours of Saturday morning.
"I want Mikey Garcia, (but) I want to unify titles", Lomachenko said. After the fight, Lomachenko called out Mikey Garcia, who will likely return down to 135 after losing to Errol Spence Jr.at welterweight last month.