EN DIRECT / LIVE,Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Anthony Crolla LIVE STREAM

This may not be the fight that many fans were hoping to see from Vasiliy Lomachenko in his latest return to action, but legendary promoter Bob Arum put it well when describing the unified lightweight champion and pound-for-pound king to the media this week.


“It’s the equivalent of watching Picasso do a painting,” the 87-year-old Arum said. “What a great thrill that would be. It’s a great thrill for people who love boxing to watch this guy fight. It’s something that’s unique. It’s something that we won’t see again for many years. All fans should come out and watch this because this is an artist at work.”

Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KOs), the technical wizard from Ukraine who twice won Olympic gold medals, returns Friday to defend his WBA and WBO titles at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (ESPN+, 11 p.m. ET) to take on Anthony Crolla (34-6-3, 13 KOs), but he’s not the foe Top Rank was hoping to get.

Richard Commey looked spectacular in stopping Isa Chaniev in February to boldly claim the vacant IBF title at 135 pounds. He also injured his hand in the process, forcing the promotion to cancel plans for a unification fight. Instead, the 31-year-old Lomachenko will face Crolla, a former titleholder from Great Britain.

Even though the 32-year-old Crolla holds the credentials of having knocked out Darleys Perez to win the WBA title in 2015 before losing the title to Jorge Linares, oddsmakers have made him as high as a +4000 underdog.

 

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