Fighter Of The Week: Vasyl Lomachenko

In what was an action packed weekend of the sweet science, one man’s performance stood out levels ahead of all others. Vasyl Lomachenko a uniquely talented lightweight absolutely annihilated former world champ Anthony Crolla in four one-sided rounds. Loma again demonstrating to the boxing world that he may very well be the number one pound for pound fighter in all the world. Crolla is a rugged veteran, he’s been in the ring with everyone and has always accounted well for himself. Since his second straight loss to Jorge Linares, Million Dollar Crolla ran off three consecutive wins, including beating former world champion Ricky Burns and taking apart Daud Yordan in very impressive fashion. There was certainly reason to believe that Crolla would test Loma on Friday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. This however proved not to be the case at all as the Manchester native proved to be no test for the Ukranian.

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From the opening bell on, Lomachenko was clearly levels ahead of the British challenger. Loma outclassed his opponent early on with his jab and movement taking the first two rounds off of his back foot. By round three, Hi-Tech saw that his opponent was out of his league and picked up the pace. Scoring with a thudding three punch combination in the opening minute of the round. The champ set the tone for the rest of the fight. Loma was now on the hunt and hurting Crolla with pinpoint power shots which culminated at the end of the third with Loma unleashing a whirlwind of answered punches that left Crolla defenseless on the ropes and ruled down by referee Jack Reiss to end the round. The fourth round picked up where the third left off. Lomachenko quickly finished the job with a vicious right-hook that nearly took the Brit’s head off and put Crolla down and out. The Ukranian champ ran his record to 13-1 (10) and made the second defense of his WBA lightweight strap and the first defense of the WBO strap.

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As one of the pound for pound kings of the sport. Lomachenko is in a position where he can pick his opposition. With his mandatory, Crolla, out of the way, Loma can now make a mega-fight against any of the biggest names in or around 135. He has also acknowledged that he could go back down to 130 and fight that top names in that weight class, like Tank Davis whom he called out in the post-fight interview. A fight between Loma and Tank has been discussed for well over a year and would represent a mega payday for each champion and could take place at either 130 or 135-pound weight classes. A showdown with WBC super featherweight champ Miguel Berchelt, who is also represented by Top Rank remains a possibility as well. If Loma, who holds two of the four belts at lightweight decides to stay at 135, Top Rank could easily make a unification fight with IBF champ Richard Commey or the young upstart phenomeTeofimo Lopez.

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