The highly anticipated fight between lightweights Vasyl Lomachenko (12-1) and Anthony Crolla (34-6-3) takes place Friday, April 12th and will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Lomachenko will be putting up the three lightweight titles he currently holds; the WBA (Super), the WBO and The Ring titles.
Lomachenko is currently on an 11 fight winning streak with the only loss of his professional boxing career taking place March 1, 2014. He lost that contest via split decision to Orlando Salido. His most recent match was December 8, 2018 in which he scored a unanimous decision victory against Jose Pedraza.
His fight against Pedraza was impressive with the judges scoring the bout 119-107, 117-109, and 117-109. Pedraza would land a few blows to the body in the 10th and 11th rounds but Lomachenko dominated most of the match.
British fighter Anthony Crolla has been impressive in his last three fights, winning all via unanimous decisions over Ricky Burns, Edson Ramirez, and Daud Yordan. His victory over Yordan took place in his hometown Manchester, England at the Manchester Arena on November 10, 2018
These solid performances come after back to back losses to Jorge Linares, who he lost his WBA Lightweight title to. His bout against Lomachenko will be his first in the United States and only the second fight he has taken outside of his native England.
Lomachenko was originally expected to face current IBF champion Richard Commey after the boxer defeated Isa Chaniev. Unforunately Commey would suffer and injury to his hand during the fight with Chaniev and would have to take time away from training and competition for it to heal. Crolla’s recent solid performances made him an easy choice as a replacement for the headlining fight.
Crolla enters the match as the clear underdog against the former two-time Olympic gold medalist. He is embracing the underdog title and using it as motivation going into Friday’s fight. He recently told CBSSports;
“People aren’t giving me a chance, but that doesn’t matter to me. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. The motivation to me is attaching my name to one of the biggest upsets in British boxing history, without a doubt, and I don’t think I’m speaking out of turn there.”
Lomachenko is one of the best technical boxers in the world and was ranked as the best pound-for-pound fighter among active boxers in September 2018. Crolla will have his hands full if he wants to upset one of the best fighters on the planet.
Lomachenko vs. Crolla is the headline fight for Friday Night Top Rank Boxing On ESPN. Also on the card is a light heavyweight bout between the undefeated Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (39-0-0) vs. Tommy Karpency (29-6-1) and a welterweight match featuring Mike Alvarado (40-4-0) vs. Arnold Barboza Jr (20-0-0).