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Lomachenko destroys Crolla with fourth round KO

Lomachenko destroys Crolla with fourth round KO

The 31-year-old Lomachenko delivered a devastating right hook to the temple that sent the Englishman crashing face first to the canvas just 58 seconds into the fourth round. Lomachenko initially thought the fight had been stopped.

Unable to lure fellow lightweight champions into the ring, Lomachenko kept busy on Friday against mandatory challenger Anthony Crolla and defended a pair of 135-pound titles with one of the most spectacular finishes of his 14-bout pro career. The Mexican-American fighter has said in the past that he's felt slighted by Lomachenko's unwillingness to fight without the "proper conditions" in place.

After his victory, Lomachenko called out WBC and IBF lightweight champion Mikey Garcia for a big money unification bout.

Lomachenko (13-1, 10 KOs) brutalized the mandatory challenger for his WBA belt throughout their brief fight, and the Ukrainian almost ended it late in the third round when he knocked Crolla into the ropes. Commey's injured hand forced Lomachenko's promoters to make this fight with Crolla, rather than surrender his WBA belt. Lomachenko dug blistering punches to the head and body, forcing Crolla (34-7-3, 13 KOs) on the defensive from the start.

Crolla couldn't escape Lomachenko's combinations on the ropes late in the third round, but made it to the bell at Reiss' discretion.

"I want Mikey Garcia, (but) I want to unify titles", Lomachenko said. "That's my goal. I want historic fights", he said.

The Ukrainian has developed a significant fan base in Los Angeles, where he lives and trains.

Lomachenko, who has battled a shoulder injury returned to the ring in December adding the WBO title by beating Jose Pedraza, with two knockdowns in the 11th round. Lomachenko outlanded Crolla 72-12, according to CompuBox, and limited his opponent to five punches landed or fewer in all four rounds.

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