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Anthony Crolla ‘fine’ after brutal knockout by Vasyl Lomachenko

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Anthony Crolla emerged from your conclusive fourth-round stoppage by Vasyl Lomachenko together with his health and pride intact, based on his promoter, Eddie Hearn.

Crolla’s challenge for your WBA and WBO lightweight titles held by Lomachenko resulted in brutally one-sided fashion was developed hours of ‘life was imple’ at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.

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The former world champion from Manchester survived a standing eight-count from the third though the fight was with a round later.

“Anthony’s fine. Obviously that it was a huge knockout – a temple shot he didn’t see,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “After he was counted out she got up and was fine. But he’s devastated. He explained: ‘I’m just so gutted with the team due to the work they did.’ I’m like: ‘Don’t be worried about the team. You fought the pound-for-pound primary.’

“Everybody told him – [the promoter] Bob Arum, every fighter at ringside: ‘There’s no disgrace in this particular, mate.’ You’re mandatory challenger, what else are you going to do? You get yourself a shot at Lomachenko, you should accept it. But he just too good.

“The third round had been a weird one as they was looking at the ropes. I guess it’s time a poor stoppage because, although he wasn’t especially in the fight, it turned out an unhealthy stoppage.

“Unfortunately inside the fourth round Crolla knew he’d some thing and do it. Any time you do this against Lomachenko, you depart yourself open with gaps. Lomachenko was too good for Anthony.

“This shot came with the head. It’s not possible to not take this chance. Losing to Lomachenko has never been a disgrace. The guy can do not have regrets because he prepared the most effective he could. It is every bit about levels. Who’s going to conquer Lomachenko?”

Lomachenko, a two-time Olympic champion, justified his overwhelming favourite status having a clinical 13th win of his professional career.

“I want Mikey Garcia. I’m going to unify titles. That’s my goal. I like historic fights,” Lomachenko said.

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