Vasiliy Lomachenko, arguably the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet, will be making his 2019 debut when he puts his WBA and WBO lightweight titles on the line against Anthony Crolla on Friday, April 12, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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After a successful debut at 135 pounds in May, when he captured the WBO belt in a 10th-round TKO victory over Jorge Linares, Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KOs) added the WBA strap to his collection in December by beating José Pedraza via a lopsided unanimous decision. Another title unification bout appeared to be on the horizon with IBF titlist Richard Commey, but Commey couldn’t take the fight because of a right-hand injury suffered in his title win against Isa Chaniev.
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So, enter Anthony Crolla, the WBA mandatory challenger from England.
Crolla (34-6-3, 13 KOs) is a former WBA lightweight champion, having won the belt with a fifth-round KO of Darleys Pérez in November 2015. The 32-year-old made one successful title defense before losing the strap to Jorge Linares in September 2016. “Million Dolla” lost the rematch to Linares as well, but has gone on to win three consecutive fights to earn the chance to dethrone one of boxing’s best.
Boxing pundits and fans alike feel like Lomachenko is going have an easy night at the office and beat Crolla quite handily. But for whatever it’s worth, Crolla is a good and tough fighter who will give it everything he has.
Still, can Crolla pull off the upset? Or does Lomachenko further prove why he’s one of the best in the fight game?
Here’s all you need to know about Lomachenko-Crolla.
(All times Eastern.)
When is the Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Anthony Crolla fight?
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Anthony Crolla commences on Friday, April 12. The main card begins at 11 p.m., with Lomachenko and Crolla expected to make the walk to the ring for the main event at around 12:15 a.m.
How do I watch Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Anthony Crolla?
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You can watch Lomachenko vs. Crolla on ESPN+.
Where is the Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Anthony Crolla fight?
Vasiliy Lomachenko and Anthony Crolla will fight at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Lomachenko competes in the United States’ second largest market for the second time, while Crolla fights in the “City of Angels” for the first time.
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Anthony Crolla betting odds
According to ProBoxingOdds.com, Vasiliy Lomachenko is a -20000 favorite, which means you’ll need to bet $20,000 to win $100. Meanwhile, Crolla is a +3500 underdog, meaning if you bet $100, you could win $3,500.
Vasiliy Lomachenko record and bio
Name: Vasiliy Lomachenko
Born: February, 17 1988
Total fights: 13
Record: 12-1 with nine knockouts.
Anthony Crolla record and bio
Name: Anthony Crolla
Born: December 15, 1987
Height: 5-8 ½
Total fights: 43
Record: 34-6-3 with 13 knockouts.
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Anthony Crolla fight card
|Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Anthony Crolla||Lightweight||WBA/WBO|
|Gilberto Ramirez vs. Tommy Karpency||Light Heavyweight||…|
|Mike Alvarado vs. Arnold Barboza Jr.||Welterweight||…|
|Alexander Besputin vs. Alfredo Blanco||Welterweight||…|
|Janibek Alimkhauly vs. Cristian Olivas||Middleweight||…|
|Guido Vianello vs. Lawrence Gabriel||Heavyweight||…|
|Ruben Rodriguez vs. Ramel Snegur||Welterweight||…|
|Christopher Zavala vs. Sergio Antonio Gonzalez||Junior Lightweight||…|
|Elvis Rodriguez vs. Kevin Alofonso Luna||Junior Welterweight||…|