‘The end is near’: Crolla hints at retirement after Lomachenko defeat
‘I don’t want to go out like that but the end is near’: Anthony Crolla hints at retirement after Vasyl Lomachenko defeat as pair show mutual respect with post-fight dressing room chat
- Crolla was well beaten by champion Lomachenko in their Los Angeles bout
- He admits he is considering retirement having been knocked out in round four
- Crolla was the rank outsider and could not deal with the Ukrainian’s force
Anthony Crolla admits he is weighting up his boxing career after being well beaten by Vasyl Lomachenko in his world lightweight title fight.
Crolla went into the Los Angeles bout with odds as long as 100/1 to beat the WBA and WBO champion, and was outfought before being floored in the first minute of the fourth round.
Despite Lomachenko winning with ease, the mutual respect between the two fighters was shown in a picture posted to social media after the fight.
Anthony Crolla (left) and Vasyl Lomachenko speak in the dressing room after their fight
Crolla was well beaten by the world lightweight champion in their Los Angeles bout
Crolla admits he is considering retirement having been knocked out in round four
Matchroom, Crolla’s promoters, shared the image of the Mancunian and the Ukrainian speaking backstage, Crolla with a towel around his waist and Lomachenko in his branded gear.
It was captioned ‘Respect’ – however there was no question that in the ring there would only ever be one winner.
Lomachenko almost won in round three, with Crolla saved by a standing count from the referee as he leaned on the ropes. Afterwards he admitted he was disappointed by his performance, and could now retire.
Crolla, who was the rank outsider, was completely outfought by the impressive Ukrainian
Crolla told Sky Sports: ‘I’m a bit gutted. I lost to a special fighter, I just wanted to give a better account of myself, but he hit me with a great shot. It’s the first time I’ve been hit like that. As I went down I knew as frustrating as it was, I wasn’t going to beat the 10 count, my senses went everywhere.
‘I’m just gutted, I got in the best shape of my life and for it to end like that and as early as it did, very gutting.
‘I don’t know, I’m going to have some time to think about it. I wouldn’t really want to go out like that but I’ve banged on about staying in boxing too long.
‘I love this sport, it’s a big part of my life but I’ve not got much left now, so we’ll see whether we’ve got one more later in the year. I don’t want to go out like that but the end is near.’
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