Anthony Crolla emerged from a decisive fourth-round stop by Vasyl Lomachenko with his health and dignity unscathed, according to his proponent, Eddie Hearn
Anthony Crolla emerged from a decisive fourth-round stop by Vasyl Lomachenko with his health and respect intact, according to his promoter, Eddie Hearn.
Crolla’s challenge for the WBA and WBO lightweight entitles held by Lomachenko ended in brutally one-sided pattern in the early hours of Saturday morning at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.
The onetime nature champion from Manchester endured a standing eight-count in the third but the fight was over a round later.
” Anthony’s fine. Clearly it was a heavy knockout- a temple shot he didn’t see ,” Hearn told Sky Sports.” After he was weighed out he got up and was penalize. But he’s destroyed. He said:’ I’m just so gutted for the team because of the wield they did .’ I’m like:’ Don’t worry about the team. You only fought the pound-for-pound number one.’
” Everybody said to him-[ the proponent] Bob Arum, every soldier at ringside:’ There’s no disgrace in that, mate.’ You’re mandatory challenger, what else are you going to do? You get a shot at Lomachenko, you’ve got to take it. But he was just too good.
” The third round was a strange one because he was sitting on the ropes. I thought it was a inadequate halt because, although he wasn’t particularly in the fight, it was a poor stoppage.
” Regrettably in the fourth round Crolla knew “hes to” got something and go for it. When you do that against Lomachenko, you leave yourself wide open with cracks. Lomachenko was too good for Anthony.
” This shooting came against the heading. You can’t not use this opportunity. Losing to Lomachenko is never a infamy. He can have zero dejections because he prepared the most wonderful he could. It’s just about levels. Who is going to beat Lomachenko ?”
Lomachenko, a two-time Olympic champion, apologized his overwhelming favourite status with a clinical 13 th earn of his professional career.
” I demand Mikey Garcia. I want to unify names. That’s my goal. I want historic defends ,” Lomachenko said.