Lomachenko (13-1, 10 KOs) brutalized the mandatory challenger for his WBA belt throughout their brief fight, and the Ukrainian almost ended it late in the third round when he knocked Crolla into the ropes.
A two-time Olympic gold medalist from Ukraine, the 31-year-old Lomachenko was expecting to face IBF champion Richard Commey until a broken right hand for Commey brought on a change of plans. At 0:58 seconds of the fourth round, Lomachenko scored the knockout victory to successfully, easily and very violently retain his unified WBO/WBA lightweight titles.
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The crowd of over 10,000 at Staples Center Arena came looking for a knockout and they got exactly that.
Crolla dropped to 34-7-3 as he landed just a handful of punches and only survived the third round because of the bell.
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Although Crolla retreated and dodged Lomachenko's attacks from the opening minute onward, Lomachenko picked apart Crolla's defense with his peerless combination of athleticism and technique, working the body and head with equal aplomb.
"I want Mikey Garcia".
"I've been doing this for well over 50 years, and I've never seen anything like that guy", said Bob Arum, Lomachenko's Hall of Fame promoter. "That's my goal. I want historic fights".
The Ukrainian delivered a devastating knock-out in the fourth round at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to continue his remarkable legacy as the pound-for-pound star of the sport.
Crolla, a former world champion from Manchester, had aimed to pull off one of the biggest shocks in boxing history after a win over Daud Yordan last November made him the mandatory challenger for Lomachenko. The fight was Ramirez's debut at light heavyweight.