Lomachenko vs Crolla at Staples Center Recap
By Cameron Buford, Whatsgoodinsports.com
In front of boxing fans from all over the world on Top Rank on ESPN+ streaming service, and the over 10,100 fans at Staples Center, Vasiliy Lomachenko came out to prove that he is, in fact, the best pound for pound boxer in the sport. Although this isn’t the matchup that he would prefer, Anthony Crolla would pose the immediate challenge for his unified lightweight championship belt. It didn’t take long for boxing fans to see why Lomachenko remains the best in his boxer in his current weight class.
In quick fashion, Lomachenko sought out and destroyed the game Corolla, last Friday evening. Supporters of Anthony Crolla were confident that he was not in this for a payday, and that he would be carried out the ring if need be. Well, fight fans that’s exactly what happened.
The first couple of rounds of this matchup was truly a feeling out process. Lomachenko admitted that it took him, “2 rounds” to time Crolla punches. After the first couple of rounds, the unified Lightweight Champion then unloaded on the contender in the next couple rounds.
As Lomachenko pushed Crolla into the corner in the third round, he then opened up his can of “whoop ass” on Crolla. Body shots left hooks and right hooks were among the assortments of punches that forced the Ref, to oddly, jump in between the fighters to call a knockdown of Crolla who was leaning on the ropes as he was being pummeled by Lomachenko. Vasiliy ran to the corner, threw his hands up in victory before realizing that the fight hadn’t been stopped.
Once the fight continued, it only took one more round for Lomachenko to finish off Crolla. A second flurry of body shots was followed by a clean right hand to the head of Crolla, that sent him down immediately and in need of medical attention. CompuBox captured some of the dominance displayed by Lomachenko in their punch stats, the champion landed 72 of 249 at a 29% landing % in comparison to the challengers 13% landed % by landing 12 of his 96 punches.
As you may have imagined Lomachenko’s manager Bob Arum was very pleased with his fighter’s performance by stating, “He’s fantastic, unbelievable. I’ve never seen a fighter of that size be at that level, and I’ve been doing this for over 50 years; It’s almost breathtaking.”
Arum, who has been in the business for years now, is having a difficult time finding legitimate competition for Vasiliy Lomachenko. His dominance in the ring leaves only room for champions, there’s the talk of a Pacquiao vs Lomachenko fight that I am particularly interested in seeing. Which fighter would you like to see get in the ring with Lomachenko? G Davis, Mikey Garcia, Teofimo Lopez? There are some better fights out there the Champion, it’s become a matter of who will step up to challenge the Champion. Let me know your thoughts who Lomachenko’s next opponent should be as well as share your thoughts on the fun night of boxing by commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or @whatsgoodinsports on Twitter.