Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Anthony Crolla April 12
Lightweight World Title Bout On ESPN+
One of the biggest boxing events of the year will stream
live and exclusively on ESPN+ on April 12 at 11 p.m. ET from
the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The reigning WBA/WBO
lightweight – and widely regarded pound-for-pound –champion,
Vasiliy Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KOs), is set to defend his
unified lightweight world title against mandatory challenger
Anthony Crolla (34-6-3, 13 KOs). The undercard bouts will
also stream live on ESPN+ beginning at 8 p.m. ET. All the
evening’s fights will be available in Spanish on ESPN+.
Friday’s Top Rank on ESPN card coincides with the one-year
anniversary of the launch of ESPN+ – the leading
direct-to-consumer sports streaming service.
Calling the action for ESPN will be Joe Tessitore
(play-by-play), former two-division world titleholder Tim
Bradley (analyst) and former pound-for-pound two-division
world titleholder and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward
(analyst). The on-location desk team will feature analysis
from Mark Kriegel and Max Kellerman, and the ESPN+ Spanish
coverage includes play-by-play from Jorge Eduardo Sánchez
and former boxing champion Juan Manuel Márquez as analyst."
ESPN’s official coverage of fight week kicked off Sunday,
April 7, with Countdown to Lomachenko vs. Crolla, where
viewers follow rival boxers Vasiliy Lomachenko and Anthony
Crolla as they prepare for a must-see world title fight on
April 12. See inside the training camp of pound-for-pound
superstar Lomachenko as he trains at his home base in
Oxnard, Calif., while former world champion Crolla trains to
return the WBA title he once held to its rightful owner.
ESPN.com will have the fight covered throughout the week
with a feature on Anthony Crolla from Nick Parkinson, a
unique look at how the world’s best boxing trainers would
prepare their fighters to face Vasiliy Lomachenko from Steve
Kim and a complete guide to the fight from Dan Rafael.
Rafael and Kim will be at the fight offering their unique
insight as the action goes down.