Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla (34-6-3, 13 KOs) takes on unified champion Vasiliy Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KOs).
This contest will go down on April 12, 2019 at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, California. Much like Crolla’s nickname, he has about a one million to one shot to win this contest.
It isn’t because Crolla isn’t a good fighter. To the contrary, he’s a great one. Lomachenko on the other hand, is a once in a lifetime level fighter.
In 13 pro fights he has already faced eight current or former world champions. He also has conquered three different weight divisions. Fighters like Lomachenko just don’t come around too often.
Facing someone with the stature of a Lomachenko would intimidate just about anyone. It isn’t just that he seems unbeatable, but he seems to have fun clowning his opponents.
Take a look back at his matchup against the feared big puncher, Nicholas Walters. It ended with Walters quitting before the start of the eighth round.
Pound-for-pound star Guillermo Rigondeaux suffered the same fate. Only this time before the start of the seventh. Lomachenko isn’t a big puncher, but he is an accurate one.
The longer the fight goes, the longer the punishment for his opponent becomes. Hitting the Lightweight king is not an easy task either.
Crolla has seen what he is up against. Does he truly believe he can win this fight? Quite possibly, but will he actually win is something else entirely.
Crolla will no doubt give it his very best. The former champion is eager to prove naysayers wrong once again as he has done throughout his career.
For those that say Crolla has done nothing to earn this position, they should take a closer look at his recent resume. After suffering back-to-back defeats to Jorge Linares in 2017, Crolla has ripped off three-straight victories.
The level of opposition in those contests were more than respectable as well. Ricky Burns, Edson Ramirez and Daud Yordan aren’t world beaters, but they are all solid fighters whom Crolla had to get through in order to gain another crack at a title.
Crolla has a tall task ahead of him. Maybe even an insurmountable one. Lomachenko is an all-time great fighter in his prime.
Crolla will have his hands come fight night, but if you think he will simply quit like Lomachenko’s past opponents have, then you have another thing coming.