By Tre Berry
What happens when you’re a fighter that can literally do everything and wants to achieve, as well as accomplish everything there is to accomplish?
For a boxing savant such as P4P#1 & RING-MAGAZINE/WBA/WBC Lightweight Unified World Champion Vasiliy Lomachenko (12-1-0, 9KO), circumstances sometimes gets in the way. His goals at the professional ranks were always to unify all titles in the division he is active in to become Undisputed Champion, but situations tend to happen, and the human element can rear its ugly head and put a wrench in your plans.
These are circumstances that has hampered him in all 3 weight divisions that he has occupied as a pro (Featherweight, Super-Featherweight, Lightweight).
In many cases, he has been ducked and sidestepped by opponents who openly want no parts of the Ukrainian fighter, for others, business has gotten in the way…and in some ways has been used to mask a reluctance of pushing for a fight with Vasiliy. In this case, fellow title-holder, IBF Lightweight Champion Richard Commey unfortunately hurt his knuckle in his title-fight against Isa Chaniev, and wasn’t able to fully recover in time for Lomachenko’s scheduled time-slot, so that battle has to wait.
Loma’s mandatory challenger is #1 ranked WBA contender & former World Champion Anthony ‘Million Dollar’ Crolla (34-6-3, 13KO). It is a solid second option for Lomachenko, as Crolla has been a good fighter for quite some time now. The fandom since the news broke has disrespected Crolla and has taken things way too far, as if he isn’t a competent fighter to take on another world title challenge, when in fact, Crolla was the one fighter that finally pushed former Lightweight King Jorge Linares to his pinnacle and the level that we’ve seen Jorge fight at for a 4 – 5 fight span.
Sure this fight will be a dominant win for Lomachenko, but only because he is fighting at a freakish level, and the abundance of skill he has off-sets every one of Crolla’s abilities…but make no mistake, Crolla is a solid fighter, who deserves another shot to fight the best, and that is what we are getting this Friday, April 12th in front of a Staples Center crowd in Los Angeles, California. The fight will be picked up by ESPN+. Tune in.