Lomachenko Lights Up Crolla
By Albert Castillo
Photos: William Trillo
Top Rank Boxing’s main event at the Staples Center in
Los Angeles, CA had the crowd in a frenzy chanting
“LOMA, LOMA, LOMA!” as Vasiliy Lomachenko (13-1, 10
KO’s) destroyed England’s Anthony Crolla (34-7-3, 13
KO’s) to retain the WBA and WBO Lightweight titles.
Strangely, near the end of the second round Lomachenko
nailed Crolla with a barrage of punches in which referee
Jack Rees seemingly called an end to the contest.
Lomachenko jumped on the buckle waving his hands in
victory. Several people entered the ring. However,
Crolla gave such a protest that referee Rees gave Crolla
a standing 8 count and the fight resumed. The bell
immediately sounded thereafter and Crolla survived the
As the third round began Crolla was on shaky legs.
Lomachenko continued his attack until he hit Crolla with
a ferocious right hook that sent Crolla into the depths
of the canvas face first. He didn't get up. In fact it
took Crolla several minutes to recover. Referee Jack
Rees called the fight at .58 seconds of the third round.
Lomachenko regarded as the one of the best pound for
pound fighters in the game is ready to seal his legacy.
However, he needs to fight the best and that means
lining up the best in Davis, Spence, and Crawford. "I
want to fight with Mikey Garcia, but we'll see. I don't
know," Lomachenko said. "I stay at 135 as long as it's
possible, and I want to unify all [the] titles." Stated
Crolla , "I didn't want to go out like that. I've never
said that I want to stay in boxing too long, but I know
that I haven't got long left."
Stepping up in weight from his usual 168 pounds to light
heavyweight, undefeated Gilberto Ramirez (40-0, 26 KO’s)
put together a stunning performance by punishing
Pennsylvania’s Tommy Karpency (29-7-1, 18 KO’s) over
four rounds in which Karpency sat on his stool and could
not come out for the fifth round.
Ramirez who has only had one knockout in his last nine
fights took Karpency to task tonight. The highlight of
the fight happened in the second round when a straight
right cross bloodied the nose of Karpency. With both of
Karpency’s eyes seeming to turn black and blue it is
suspected that Ramirez broke his nose. Ramirez went to
work right from the opening bell.
Karpency tried to mix it up but always came out on the
losing end of the exchange. Ramirez earns his 26th
knockout in 40 fights. "I feel more comfortable at 175
pounds than 168," Ramirez said. "I'm looking for all the
champions at 175. I want to be a pound-for-pound
fighter. I struggled making 168 for a very long time."
South El Monte’s Super Lightweight Arnold Barboza (21-0,
8 KO’s) captured the NABF Junior Super Lightweight Title
with a devastating knockout at 0.49 of the third round
of Denver’s Mike Alvarado (40-5, 28 KO’s). Barboza
proved to be too much for the seasoned veteran Alvarado.
Barboza started fast and rapped the head of Alvarado
with on point jabs and crisp combinations. Barboza
looked youthful, fresh, and sharp. In the third round he
hit Alvarado with a murderous right hand that dropped
Alvarado near the ropes. Alvarado attempted to get to
his feet and used the ropes to help him up. However, he
couldn't hold on and fell face first on the canvas. For
the second time Alvarado attempted to get up, which he
did, but stumbled sideways halfway across the ring. The
referee knew he was hurt and called the fight.
Barboza was impressive in victory. "That was a good
fight, and now I want Jose Ramirez. I want Maurice
Hooker," Barboza said after the fight. "That's what I
want in my future. Alvarado is a tough guy, and I
stopped him in three rounds. Hopefully, this performance
will catapult me to a world-title opportunity." Said
Alvarado, "My legs didn't cooperate. Hey, you know, I
got back up. That's what I'm thankful for. I'm healthy.
I'm safe," Alvarado said.
In the opening bout of the evening Undefeated
Welterweight Southpaw Alexander Besputin (13-0, 9 KOs)
out of Oxnard, CA, by way of Russia, retained his USBA
Welterweight Championship Title by outlasting a cagey,
awkward, and evasive Argentinian Alfredo Rodolfo Blanco
(20-8, 11 KO’s) to earn a unanimous decision.
Besputin controlled the entire fight but had to be a bit
frustrated as Blanco proved to be an elusive target.
Blanco used a low crouch and shoulder roll to avoid most
of the big punches from Besputin. However, Besputin
scored the majority of punches giving him the win.
Judges had it 100-90, 100-90, and 99-91 all for Besputin.
In this lackluster bout for the WBC Continental Americas
Middleweight Title Kazakhstan’s Janibek Alimkhanuly
(6-0. 2 KO’s) outpointed San Diego, CA Cristian Olivas
to capture the title. Judges called it a unanimous
decision win for Alimkhanuly but the truth is the fight
was very close and could have ended in a draw.
Neither fighter was able to hurt the other and their
pitter-patter punches had the crowd yelling, “Boring.”
Neither fighter could get leverage on their punches
although every once in a while Alimkhanuly did connect
with some light rapid combinations. The lopsided score
card had it all for the Kazakhstan – 99-91, 99-91,
Up and coming prospect Ruben Rodriguez (6-0, 2 KO’s) out
of Indio, CA, outgunned light hitting Ramel Snegur
(3-4-1, 2 KO’s) to capture a majority decision and
remain unbeaten in six fights.
The highlight of this welterweight four rounder was the
second round when Rodriguez landed a huge left hook that
stunned and wobbled Snegur, and then connected with a
straight right that popped Snegur’s head back like a pez
dispenser. Judges scorecard read, 38-38, 39-37, 40-36
for a majority decision win for Rodriguez.
Former Olympian from Rome Italy, Guido Vianello (3-0, 3
KO’s) made quick work of New Yorker, Lawrence Gabriel
(3-2, 2 KO’s) by knocking him out with a solid right
hand at 0.44 of the first round.
The knockout happened so quickly it was difficult to
form an impression of Vianello. He is a big kid at 6’6”
and 244 pounds. We are looking forward to seeing him
Super featherweight Christopher Zavala (4-0, 2 KO’s)
scored a unanimous decision over Sergio Antonio Gonzalez
(2-3-1, 1 KO). Using an aggressive style Zavala pursued
Gonzalez the entire fight looking for the knockout. He
settled for the win as judges had it 40-36 on all cards.
Dominican Republic’s Elvis Rodriguez (2-0 2 KO’s)
dropped Downey’s Kevin Alfonso Luna (1-3, 1 KO) twice in
the second round.
After the second knockdown the referee waved off the
fight and Rodriguez earned the win by knockout.