Utterly Class Lomachenko Floors Crolla With Fourth Round Crushing KO

A press conference announcing a boxing match between Amir Khan and WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford

Amir Khan, who fights Terence Crawford, has backed Crolla to Upset Lomachenko Credit Heathcliff O'Malley

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.

Lomachenko - regarded as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world - only needed four rounds to defend his belts against Crolla in Los Angeles on Friday.

Referee Jack Reiss gave a standing eight count at the end of the third round as the Briton was being held up against the ropes amid a barrage of punches, but the fight continued.

But Lomachenko dominated throughout, his right hook sending Crolla crashing to the canvas early in the fourth round. "That's my goal. I want historic fights", Lomachenko said. In the opening frame, Vasyl Lomachenko carefully gauges Anthony's movements with tricks and pressure. Two-time Olympic gold medallist Vasyl had shoulder surgery previous year and it showed his performance last night was way impressive.

"I thought it will be very hard for me, because his style is always in defense", said Lomachenko, still smiling despite a cut near his left eye from a fourth-round head butt.

Reiss ruled a knockdown late in Round 3 when combination punching from Lomachenko caused Crolla to sit down on the ropes while eating clean shots.

'I feel at home here, ' Lomachenko said.

Calling for an eventual showdown with his fellow star Mikey Garcia, fans of Loma will know that the bigger tests are still to come but for what it's worth, it was another polished display from the Ukranian. I want to unify titles.

The fight to make is one against Mikey Garcia, who suffered his first defeat last month in a welterweight title fight with Errol Spence Jr.

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