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What’s Next for Vasiliy Lomachenko?

Vasiliy Lomachenko scored an emphatic fourth-round knockout of Anthony Crolla on April 12.
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On Friday, April 12, 2019, Vasiliy “Hi-TechLomachenko (13-1, 10 KOs) put on a thrilling show against Anthony “Million Doller” Crolla (34-7, 13 KOs), resulting in an emphatic fourth-round knockout.

From the opening bell, it was clear to everyone in the audience that the Brit was not ready to enter the matrix, as Lomachenko danced, slipped, and fired multiple-punch combinations at will throughout the fight.

After knocking Crolla out cold, Lomachenko made it clear what he wanted his next move to be.

“I want to fight Mikey Garcia next,” said Lomachenko. “But we will see what happens.”

The fight with Garcia has been called for by Hi-Tech and fans alike for two years, but it is a difficult fight to make.

Garcia is fresh off a dominant loss to Welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr., and is most likely unwilling to drop back down in weight to face the pound-for-pound champion.

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As if that was not enough, Garcia’s relationship with Lomachenko’s promoter, Bob Arum, is less-than stellar, so Arum will have his work cut out for him if that is the fight to make–as he claims.

Also thrown into the mix to face Lomachenko is exciting prospect Teofimo Lopez. Lopez announced in an interview before the fight that he believed, “there are three or four ways to beat Lomachenko.”

Although many folks would say he’s too green, and Sports Interaction would likely list him as a huge underdog, he wasted no time jumping in the ring to put on a show for the cameras after Loma‘s victory.

But Lomachenko seems unimpressed by the Brooklyn native. In an interview aired after the fight, the Ukranian stated that Lopez brings nothing to the table.

“Teofimo Lopez is nothing in boxing right now,” said Lomachenko.

The final name tossed into the hat to face Lomachenko was WBA Super Featherweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis. Every time Lomachenko fights, Davis makes no effort to hide his trash talk on Twitter, and Friday night was no difference.

Hi-Tech acknowledged Davis after the fight, calling him “the best fighter on Twitter” and inviting Davis to fight him.

Arum put it best however, telling a crowd of journalists that, if they wanted to see Davis step in against Lomachenko, the interest was there from the Ukranian’s side, but people would need to ask Mayweather Promotions if they were ready for a fight like that.

The fight would be a highly-entertaining bout, seeing Lomachenko’s speed and finesse match up against Davis’ near equal speed and stunning power.

Who do you want to see Lomachenko face next in the ring? Let us know down below.

 
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