Vasyl Lomachenko (13-1-0) continues to scare at lightweight and wants to eat at the table of the best. Maybe dare to compare "High Tech" with Roberto Durán, Manny Pacquiao or Julio César Chavez is too daring; the Ukrainian "has played little" to this professional boxing, yet. His amateur career (double Olympic gold medal in Beijing and London and gold medal in the World Amateur Boxing Championships of the years 2009 and 2011) eclipses his name. Now it's time to go professional. And he does it by K.O.
Last night, Anthony Crolla (34-7-3) tried to resurface from a kind of lethargy in which he was: the two defeats with Jorge Linares were very painful; he escaped the opportunity to win two world titles that would have put him in the mouths of journalists, fans, coaches, boxers. Despite falling, he demonstrated a stamina and bravery comparable to the army of 300. But Lomachenko is too Lomachenko. He felt little: the smell asked him to poison fast. And so he did.
The third assault was a foretaste of what was to become the sentence. Hit, hit, a lot of mid waist and more hits. Of those that nick, that do not throw but that they hurt. If giving him movement in the ring is dangerous, against the ropes he is a murderer. The last 30 seconds of third round were deadly for Crolla. He received many blows and the referee made a countdown. About to fight again, the "saved by the bell" carried to the highest level. 60 seconds later, Loma did not need or consume a third of the fourth round to sentence the Briton. Two strokes (the second especially strong in the part to the 52 seconds they were enough to subdue Crolla and retain the WBA and WBO belts.
Mikey Garcia comes from losing against Errol Spence Jr. in a very superior category; in the Ukrainian is he who owns the WBC, "the green", which everyone wants. It seems inevitable that the paths of both are. A unified lightweight champion seems inevitable.