FightPost Fighter of the Week: Vasyl Lomachenko
By Gary Kittilsen
In what was an absolutely loaded week for the sweet science, one performance from a uniquely talented lightweight stood out above all others. Vasyl Lomachenko absolutely annihilated former world champ Anthony Crolla in four one-sided rounds. once again demonstrating to the boxing world that he may very well be the best pound for pound fighter in the world.
Anthony Crolla is a rugged veteran who has been in the ring with everyone and has always given game performances and accounted well for himself. Since his second straight loss to Jorge Linares, Million Dollar Crolla ran off three consecutive wins, including beating Ricky Burns and taking apart Daud Yordan in very impressive fashion. There was certainly reason to believe that Crolla was going to stand up and test Loma.
That certainly was not the case Friday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as the Manchester native proved to be no test for the Ukranian.
From the opening bell, Lomachenko was clearly a level ahead of the challenger. Outclassing him with his jab and movement taking the first two rounds off of his back foot. By the third round, Loma saw that his opponent was out of his league and decided to pick up the pace. Scoring with a thudding three punch combination in the opening minute of the third round. The champ set the tone for the rest of the fight. Lomachenko was now on the hunt and hurting Crolla with power shots which culminated at the end of the third round 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 third round.
The fourth round picked up where the third ended and Lomachenko finished the job with a vicious right-hook that nearly took the Brit’s head off and put him 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.
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 premier super featherweight 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 man and could take place at either 130 or 135.
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 in the weight class decides to stay at lightweight, Top Rank could easily make a unification fight with IBF champ Richard Commey or the young upstart prospect Teofimo Lopez