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Lomachenko will defend WBA and WBO lightweight titles against Britain's Crolla

The Staples Center in Los Angeles is set to host the bout on 12 April.

Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Image: Joel Plummer

VASILIY LOMACHENKO WILL put his WBA and WBO lightweight titles on the line against Anthony Crolla in Los Angeles on 12 April.

Lomachenko – a two-time Olympic champion with a record of 12 wins and a solitary loss in an accelerated professional career – was due to face Richard Commey in a unification bout at Staples Center, but the IBF champion was ruled out due to a hand injury.

Former WBA ruler Crolla will now step into the ring with the lavishly gifted Lomachenko at the same venue. “I believe that I can win a world title again, and these are the kind of fights that I’m in it for,” said the popular Mancunian.

“This is the biggest fight that can be made out there for me. I’ve earned it, it’s not like I’ve been given this shot. Since losing my title to [Jorge] Linares, I’ve come back and had three solid wins.

“I’ve not won the lottery or not won a raffle to fight Vasyl Lomachenko, so I’m looking forward to it and I’m loving training as I’m getting older.

“No man is unbeatable. It’s been proven with Lomachenko. He lost early on in his career.”

Oleksandr Usyk v Tony Bellew - Manchester Arena Mancunian Anthony Crolla. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

Crolla (36 wins, six defeats, three draws) suffered a second successive defeat to Linares in 2017, while Lomachenko knocked out the Venezuelan last May to take the WBA crown.

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