Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Vasyl Lomachenko beats Anthony Crolla to retain WBA and WBO lightweight titles

Vasyl Lomachenko beats Anthony Crolla to retain WBA and WBO lightweight titles

He's likely to face IBF lightweight champion Richard Commey, but that isn't expected to end any differently than the Crolla fight on Friday did.

Vasiliy Lomachenko isn't just the best fighter in the world - he's beginning to make a case for the best of his own era.

The double Olympic medalist improves to 13-1 in his career, 10 of those wins coming by KO, and called for sterner challenges than that of the overmatched Englishman. 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.

Crolla for his part, could wind up a return champion if he sticks around long enough to watch the lightweight division thin out - but not until Vasyl, Gervonta Davis, and Mikey flee the scene after running out of "big money" propositions.

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

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.

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.

And he is targeting "historic" fights, with WBC lightweight title holder Garcia in his sights.

CBS Sports was with you for every punch from the bout in Los Angeles with our updating scorecard and live updates below.

"He said: "I'm just so gutted for the team because of the work they did". 'I feel like I'm in Ukraine here'.

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

Lomachenko's profile has grown exponentially in recent years as he headlined at Madison Square Garden, in Macau and other Los Angeles-area venues before his step up to Staples.

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