Moving forward aggressively Lomachenko showed no mercy. In a display of offensive counter-punching, the WBO and WBA lightweight champion advanced, peppering Crolla with constant jabs from the southpaw stance. Anthony lunged at him, only for Lomachenko to bound clear, let the Mancunian’s shots fall short and at once resume his punishing attacks.
Crolla was left retreating anxiously but not quick enough to escape the in form champion. Lomachenko lined up his prey and tagged him with fast, accurate crosses. Those punches were vicious, as soon as Anthony moved Lomachenko fired his left into a crack in his guard. At the end of the third round, he trapped Crolla on the ropes and opened up with a salvo of hooks, rocking Crolla all the way into the strands. The ropes kept him up and referee Jack Reiss took up a count.