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'He's not human!' Vasyl Lomachenko scythes through heavy underdog Anthony Crolla in LA

'He's not human!' Vasyl Lomachenko scythes through heavy underdog Anthony Crolla in LA
Vasyl Lomachenko has been hailed as the undisputed pound-for-pound king of boxing as he dissected England's Anthony Crolla in Los Angeles on Friday night, knocking out the Brit with a stunning fourth-round combination.

Lomachenko, 31, proved the oddsmakers correct in defense of his WBO and WBA lightweight titles, knocking the 100-1 underdog out with a hard right hook just under a minute in the fourth round.

It was thunderous strike to the Manchester fighter's temple, immediately sending him slumping face first to the canvas as the referee waved off the bout inside the Staples Center.

The double Olympic medalist improves to 13-1 in his career, 10 of those wins coming by KO, and called for sterner challenges than that of the overmatched Englishman.

"I want Mikey Garcia. I want to unify titles. That's my goal. I want historic fights," Lomachenko said post-fight.

Crolla, meanwhile, had said in advance of the fight that he was prepared to "shock the world" when he was plugged into the bout as an injury replacement for IBF champion Richard Commey, but in truth it was a poor performance from the the Englishman. He now falls to 34-7-3.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said afterwards that Lomachenko's skill was too much for Crolla.

"Lomachenko was too good for Anthony," he said. "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?"

The reaction on social media has been similar to that of Hearn, with many fight fans heaping praise on the man considered the world's best boxer.

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