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.
âI 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 said Lomachenko, who performed in front of 10,101 fans.
âAfter 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 thatâs why I celebrated.â
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.
âLook, everyone wants this fight with Mikey. It all depends on his size and weight. If he can cut the weight, but I canât go to 140 now,â said Lomachenko.
Promoter Bob Arum agreed.
âYou have to understand he went up to 147. Itâs difficult to come back down. Itâs up to Mikey. I canât speak for him,â Arum said.
Other names being mentioned as possible future opponents include Luke Campbell and WBC junior welterweight champ Jose Ramirez.
âIt 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 Lomachenko said.
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