To say Vasyl Lomachenko wiped the floor with Anthony Crolla's mug on Friday night would be an understatement. The boxer known by his comprehensible movement in the ring ("The Matrix") went into last night's bout with Anthony Crolla a heavy, heavy betting odds favorite. Crolla was hand picked by the WBA as Loma's mandatory challenger. Had it not been for Vasyl's goal of unifying the lightweight belts, this fight would have likely never taken place.
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Vasyl layed the pressure on his opponent 3 and a half rounds before finding his window of opportunity. This is when he landed a crucial 4-piece combination on Anthony Crolla's frosty mug. The final result, an emphatic 4th round KO, was never really in question. But as I alluded to earlier, the mandatory challenge was essentially the last of Vasyl's sanctioned requirements before he unifies the lightweight crown in a winner-takes-all contest with Mikey Garcia.
As you might recall, Mikey Garcia recently jumped to welterweight to take on perennial world champ Errol Spence in a losing effort, but that's hardly a blemish on his record, given the fact his power and mechanics translate better at his natural weight. 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.