Anthony Crolla ‘fine’ after brutal knockout by Vasyl Lomachenko

first_imgShare on Facebook Share on Pinterest The former world champion from Manchester survived a standing eight-count in the third but the fight was over a round later.“Anthony’s fine. Obviously it was a heavy knockout – a temple shot he didn’t see,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “After he was counted out he got up and was fine. But he’s devastated. He said: ‘I’m just so gutted for the team because of the work they did.’ I’m like: ‘Don’t worry about the team. You just fought the pound-for-pound number one.’“Everybody said to him – [the promoter] Bob Arum, every fighter at ringside: ‘There’s no disgrace in that, mate.’ You’re mandatory challenger, what else are you going to do? You get a shot at Lomachenko, you’ve got to take it. But he was just too good.“The third round was a weird one because he was sitting on the ropes. I thought it was a poor stoppage because, although he wasn’t particularly in the fight, it was a poor stoppage.“Unfortunately in the fourth round Crolla knew he had to do something and go for it. When you do that against Lomachenko, you leave yourself wide open with gaps. Lomachenko was too good for Anthony. Topics news Share on WhatsApp Anthony Crolla Anthony Crolla emerged from a conclusive fourth-round stoppage by Vasyl Lomachenko with his health and pride intact, according to his promoter, Eddie Hearn.Crolla’s challenge for the WBA and WBO lightweight titles held by Lomachenko ended in brutally one-sided fashion in the early hours of Saturday morning at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Claressa Shields takes center stage on women’s boxing’s biggest night … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Support The Guardian Boxing “This shot came against the head. You can’t not take this opportunity. Losing to Lomachenko is never a disgrace. He can have zero regrets because he prepared the best he could. It’s just about levels. Who is going to beat Lomachenko?”Lomachenko, a two-time Olympic champion, justified his overwhelming favourite status with a clinical 13th win of his professional career.“I want Mikey Garcia. I want to unify titles. That’s my goal. I want historic fights,” Lomachenko said. Reuse this content Read more Since you’re here… Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on Twitterlast_img read more