WBA and WBO lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko 13-1 (10) destroyed mandatory contender Anthony Crolla 34-7-3 (13) in four one-sided rounds at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday night.
â€śI trained hard and I want to thank my team. I thought it would be a harder fight because of his style. He moves around defensively. I want to thank all the fans for coming tonight to Staples Center,â€ť said Lomachenko, who performed in front of 10,101 fans.
â€śAfter the second round, I knew I was going to win. I thought I won the fight when the referee stepped in. He waved his hands thatâ€™s why I celebrated.â€ť
The 31-year-old Ukrainian called out WBC 135-pound champion Mikey Garcia, who is expected to return to the division after unsuccessfully moving up two weight classes to challenge IBF welterweight boss Errol Spence Jr last month.
â€śLook, everyone wants this fight with Mikey. It all depends on his size and weight. If he can cut the weight, but I canâ€™t go to 140 now,â€ť said Lomachenko.
Promoter Bob Arum agreed.
â€śYou have to understand he went up to 147. Itâ€™s difficult to come back down. Itâ€™s up to Mikey. I canâ€™t speak for him,â€ť Arum said.
Other names being mentioned as possible future opponents include Luke Campbell and WBC junior welterweight champ Jose Ramirez.
â€śIt would be great to fight Luke Campbell in England. He is also an Olympian like me. Ramirez is also an Olympian. I have no problem fighting him,â€ť Lomachenko said.