Anthony Crolla picked up his third consecutive win and won a potential shot at WBA lightweight champion and pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko, topping Daud Yordan by unanimous decision today in Manchester.
Crolla won on scores of 116-112 across the board. Bad Left Hook had the same score as the official judges.
Crolla (34-6-3, 13 KO) built a nice lead early in the fight, largely outworking Yordan (38-4, 26 KO) and piling up rounds along the way. But Yordan never went away, either, and made it a fight down the stretch, trying to pick up the pace and come back. It wasn’t quite to be, but he gave the effort overall, and made it a solid, interesting fight to watch.
Crolla didn’t call out Lomachenko after the fight, but said he’d “love to have” the fight, and that he’d love to do it at home in Manchester if possible. Crolla would be, of course, a massive underdog in that fight, no matter where it’s held, but he’s done what he has to do to get there.
Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KO) returns to action on Dec. 8 in New York, where he’ll face WBO titleholder Jose Pedraza (25-1, 12 KO) in a unification bout. What Lomachenko does after that if he wins is really anyone’s guess, but Crolla’s name is in the hat.