Anthony Crolla to face Vasiliy Lomachenko in Los Angeles

Anthony Crolla

Anthony Crolla will challenge WBA and WBO lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko in Los Angeles on April 12, Matchroom has confirmed.

The Manchester boxer, a former WBA champion, will take on the man widely regarded as the sport's pound-for-pound king at Staples Center.

It will be the 32-year-old's second professional bout in the United States and first since 2011.

Crolla lost the WBA title to Jorge Linares in 2016 and was also beaten in a rematch the following year, but victories over Ricky Burns, Edson Ramirez and Daud Yordan has put him back in the title picture.

Eddie Hearn, managing director of Matchroom Sport, said: "After losing his world title to Jorge Linares, Anthony has fought his way back into the mandatory position and he is more than ready for the challenge."

Lomachenko, a three-weight world champion, added the WBA belt to his WBO title when he beat Linares at New York's Madison Square Garden in May.

Crolla said: "I cannot wait for this, these are the fights you are in the sport for.

"People will say that I have got nothing to lose but I am genuinely going over to LA to shock the world."

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