Anthony Crolla and Vasyl Lomachenko

Lomachenko's original opponent, IBF champion Richard Commey, withdrew due to a hand injury.

Britain's Anthony Crolla was stopped in the fourth round by WBO and WBA lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko in Los Angeles.

Lomachenko, 31, defended his WBO and WBA lightweight titles, against heavy underdog Crolla, 32.

The fight was waved off after Crolla went down 58 seconds into the fourth round from Lomachenko's hard right hook.

Manchester-born Crolla was a heavy 100-1 underdog prior to the fight.

"Anthony's fine. Obviously it was a heavy knockout - a temple shot he didn't see," promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports.

"After he was counted out he got up and was fine. But he's devastated. He said: 'I'm just so gutted for the team because of the work they did'. I'm like: 'Don't worry about the team, you just fought the pound-for-pound number one'.

"The third round was a weird one because he was sitting on the ropes. I thought it was a poor stoppage because although he wasn't particularly in the fight, it was a poor stoppage.

"Unfortunately in the fourth round Crolla knew he had to do something and go for it. When you do that against Lomachenko, you leave yourself wide open with gaps. Lomachenko was too good for Anthony.

"This shot came against the head; you can't not take this opportunity. Losing to Lomachenko is never a disgrace.

"He can have zero regrets because he prepared the best he could, it's just about levels. Who is going to beat Lomachenko?"

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Lomachenko improved to 13-1 with 10 knockouts.

The Ukrainian pound-for-pound champion scored the first knockdown of the night in the third round in front of a 10,000-strong crowd at Staples Center.

But Lomachenko dominated throughout, his right hook sending Crolla crashing to the canvas early in the fourth round.

Crolla dropped to 34-7-3 after a poor performance against overwhelming favourite Lomachenko - who called out his next opponent after the win: "I want Mikey Garcia. I want to unify titles. That's my goal. I want historic fights," Lomachenko said.

Before the fight, Crolla told BBC Radio 5 Live's boxing podcast that he wanted to "shock the world."

He faced criticism for taking the fight after the WBA and WBO world lightweight champion's original opponent - IBF champion Richard Commey - withdrew because of injury.

information taken from the BBC site

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder's first fight in Los Angeles in December 2018 ended in a draw.

Three elite heavyweights, three underwhelming fight announcements.

Boxing's late 2018 momentum has vanished and what appeared a riveting heavyweight scene now resembles a "disaster", according to the BBC Radio 5 Live boxing team.

Tyson Fury and WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder promised a rematch, only for an encounter to not only be put on hold but perhaps be delayed for a full calendar year.

Anthony Joshua cancelled a much-hyped booking of Wembley Stadium in April and now defends his IBF, WBO and WBA titles in New York against Jarrell Miller on 1 June.

In a four-week period from 18 May - when Wilder faces Dominic Breazeale - to 15 June - when Fury takes on Germany's Tom Schwarz - all three elite heavyweights will fight in matches few fans, if any at all, called for.

Just what on earth is happening?

A big fight in 2019? Forget it…

Tyson Fury was last to name his opponent and there is no doubt his move to join forces with broadcaster ESPN in the US in February critically complicated matters as all three men now work with different American networks, making negotiations between them far more complex.

BBC Sport boxing commentator Mike Costello: We turned into the year that we hoped would be the year of the heavyweights. They have dominated discussions but not for the right reasons.

Judging by the response online to the announcements, fans feel it's a disaster. But as a professional boxer you have to earn the most amount of money while taking the least amount of risk and that is what they are doing.

With each of these announcements we lament that the great era we forecast may not happen.

BBC Radio 5 live boxing analyst Steve Bunce: Joshua, Wilder and Fury are with different broadcasters, different promoters and have different agendas. I have to say, it is a heavyweight disaster.

The big three are not going to fight one another this year, let's get that stated now. You may have heard some promoters and TV executives talking boldly, bravely and saying 'yes it can still happen'.

No, they will not fight one another this year.

A chance to change the landscape missed.

Excitement peaked in the glamour division in the hours and days that followed Fury's enthralling draw with Wilder in Los Angeles. Both men spoke of a rematch, as did the WBC, only for delay to set in before Fury's ESPN move ultimately told fans to shelve plans for Wilder-Fury II.

Costello: We are hearing from Bob Arum - the legendary Top Rank promoter who works with ESPN on behalf of Fury - that there will be another Fury fight later this year that will not involve Wilder, another showcase fight. Arum is saying if Wilder v Fury happens again, it's in the early stages of next year.

Arum doesn't get a lot wrong. I just wonder what is in his thinking. We are told he has a five-fight deal with Fury and I just get the sense Arum has got it right so often in the past that maybe we have to let them have the space to build him in the States.

Bunce: I'm not a gambling man but I'd have 5p or a coffee with you that Fury and Wilder don't fight by May of next year. It is, as I say, a heavyweight disaster.

In December after their draw, Wilder and Fury had that rare thing in this sport - some moral high ground, knowing they would give us a rematch for what had thrilled us.

That first match reconverted the US public to the heavyweights, as they had not been bothered for 20 years. Suddenly the public bought into it. If the rematch had been in April or May I am convinced it would have changed the boxing landscape. I'm convinced.

Fury owes loving fans.

Costello believes Joshua has the harder of the three tasks before him, with Fury's unbeaten opponent the weakest of the three men seeking a colossal upset.

Costello: I think there was particular disappointment in the Fury opponent. The German is unbeaten in 24 fights but has little to recommend him at the highest level.

The difficulty with Schwarz may be that Fury's best displays at the highest level have been when he has had fighters coming on to him.

I have watched Schwarz in action and sometimes he looks like he is in slow motion. So Fury will have no problem reading him.

Bunce: Schwarz being unbeaten ticks a box, he has a six pack, that's good. But he's out of his depth. The only reason he might work is that I have a feeling that Fury may fancy trying to get on top of him, finish it quick and excite the millions watching and the thousands travelling out.

He owes it to the fans. He has spoken a great fight since he lost the weight. Now people love him and he's the peoples champion. Part of that comes from the Wilder display and part comes from a year of flawless PR.

He has put a foot wrong with this opponent. Does he owe the public? No. But he has to perform for them. For that reason, Schwarz may be ideal. The Brits can flood the Las Vegas bars and have a great time.

information taken from the BBC site

Errol Spence Jr v Mikey Garcia

Spence Jr landed 375 punches to Garcia's 75 in the 12-round contest.

Errol Spence Jr retained his IBF world welterweight title for the third time after defeating four-weight world champion Mikey Garcia by a unanimous decision in Dallas on Saturday.

Spence Jr, who boxed for the US at the London 2012 Olympics, went the distance in his hometown - his first 12-round bout in his past 12 fights.

Judges scored the bout 120-107 120-108 120-108 in the 29-year-old's favour.

"People said I couldn't box. You saw it today," he said.

"I can box, I can move my head. I can do it if I want to," Spence added, after landing 375 punches to Garcia's 75.

Previously undefeated Garcia, 31, suffered his first loss in 40 professional fights.

Garcia, who moved up two weight divisions for his welterweight debut, missed out on the chance to join the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Tommy Hearns, Manny Pacquiao, Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar de la Hoya in winning world titles across five weight classes.

He failed to land more than 10 punches in a single round in front of the 47,500 crowd at the AT&T Stadium.

"He is the truth. He is for real. He came out with a game plan, kept his distance. I couldn't make adjustments," Garcia said, after dropping to 39-1 with 30 KOs.

Filipino Pacquiao challenged Spence Jr to a fight after his victory which saw him improve to 25-0.

"I am looking at the winner of this fight. Spence wants to fight me," Pacquiao. "I am hoping to be back here, soon."

information taken from the BBC site

Anthony Joshua

"When people see this place, they ask why haven't we moved."

World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has posted an MTV Cribs-style tour of his flat on his YouTube channel - and the place is very, very basic.

AJ, who remains undefeated, is training in Sheffield before his US debut against Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller in New York on 1 June. And he wanted to show his fans where he lives while he's getting in shape for the big fight.

The flat is located close to the GB Boxing base where he trains and is, to put it mildly, low key - a long way from the lifestyle you might have in mind for one of the world's biggest sports stars.

But there's a telling phrase he repeats throughout the video: "It works."

The seating.

Anthony Joshua

Joshua's flat tour starts with the living room, which features a very worn sofa and armchair, as well as a recovery chair he uses for physiotherapy.

"You've probably noticed the vintage seats - we've had these seats in here for about the last seven years," he says.

"They're comfortable, they work and I can relax."

Vintage is one way of putting it.

The kitchen.

Anthony Joshua

Next on the tour is the kitchen, where AJ shows off his electric hob and his fridge - which contains predominantly vegetables and different drinks to keep him hydrated.

"Nothing too exciting but it works," says Joshua. "Unfortunately there is no champagne, no vodka, no Ciroc, just water, Supermalt and raw fruit juice."

The bedroom.

Anthony Joshua

Joshua then opens the door through to the 'master bedroom', which includes what he describes as a "big single bed".

It's bizarre to see the 6ft 6in AJ in such a tiny room, with nothing on the walls. It seems he's happy to have no distractions, and just concentrate on his next fight.

"I can kick back after a long day, just think about my training, sparring, what I'm trying to achieve in and outside the ring... it's very quiet, not much goes on in here."

Joshua then moves into his en suite bathroom, which features a window that allows him to "keep an eye on anything that's going down".

Anthony Joshua

"Sometimes you have to keep an eye on the streets and check nothing dodgy is happening," he says. "Make sure everything is in order.

"I just come here and stand for hours making sure everything is smooth, nothing is going on and we're all protected."

His neighbours will be certainly pleased to know they've got the heavyweight champ on neighbourhood watch.

The guest room.

Anthony Joshua

Next stop on the tour is the double bedroom, which overlooks the "lovely views" of the steel city.

David Ghansa is a key member of AJ's team and lives with him in the flat while they're in camp.

"While you're in here you can't hear anything. It's peaceful," he says.

After a trip to the communal bathroom, Joshua moves back into the living room and sits on his battered armchair.

"When people have come here and when people have seen this place, they do wonder why we haven't moved," he says.

Anthony Joshua

His answer? "Because it works."

He adds: "It's peaceful, everyone has their own space, better sleeping, food to eat and it accommodates what we need for training.

"And do you know what's brilliant about it? The gym is a two-minute roll down the hill... there's no excuses not to train so it's a perfect location."

Joshua's humility is evident not only in the video but from fans' comments on the video.

One user said: "Reminds me of the house I grew up in... and I hated it. AJ has just reminded me to be thankful and grateful in 3 mins."

Another said: "All those millions in the bank & you're living like that... my hat off to you AJ!"

The humble digs might not be where you'd expect to find one of the world's biggest sports stars, but one thing's for sure... it definitely works.

information taken from the BBC site

Anthony Joshua and Jarrell Miller

Anthony Joshua and Jarrell Miller squared up at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

Unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua insists a future meeting with WBC champion Deontay Wilder or fellow Briton Tyson Fury will not be held up by television companies.

Joshua, Wilder and Fury are now signed to rival US broadcasters, making future negotiations arguably more difficult.

"Broadcasters are a platform to make our dreams come true," Joshua said.

Joshua will fight in the US for the first time when he defends his IBF, WBA and WBO titles against Jarrell Miller.

The pair will meet in New York on 1 June at the iconic Madison Square Garden - also the site of Tuesday's news conference.

Joshua, 29, says he will "beat and knock out" 30-year-old American Miller - who began Tuesday's encounter by using both hands to shove Joshua and send him stumbling backwards on the stage - before turning his attention back to a unification bout.

A meeting with Wilder seemed inevitable after Joshua beat WBA champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBO champion Joseph Parker to add those titles to his IBF crown, but the pair were not able to agree terms and the fight is yet to materialise.

Wilder went on to face Fury in December, retaining his belt after an enthralling draw in Los Angeles which has left both men - and the public - eager for a rematch.

Joshua has opted to face unfancied Miller, who has 23 wins and a draw but has never fought for a world title.

"We've been trying to negotiate with Wilder since I fought Carlos Takam in 2018 so these things have already taken time," Joshua said on Tuesday.

"We've come close, had a date booked, an offer in place, so there is no reason why these fights can't take place."

Anthony Joshua and Jarrell Miller

Miller has 19 wins in a row following a draw in 2013.

But the heavyweight landscape is complicated after Fury signed a deal with a US network worth a reported £80m.

The deal, which is understood to cover Fury's next five fights, will mean his bouts are broadcast on ESPN in the US while remaining on BT Sport in the UK.

Wilder's fights are broadcast on Showtime in the US, while Joshua is signed to the DAZN streaming service.

"If I want to fight Wilder or Fury it is up to the broadcasters to make these dreams happens - everyone benefits," added Joshua.

"I've done a deal before where HBO, Showtime and Sky worked together. It has been done before and we can do it again.

"Broadcasters won't hold this fight up."

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn added: "I believe there is a way to make those fights happen."

'Miller's the softest puncher in the heavyweight division'

Anthony Joshua and Jarrell Miller

The pair sat on stage alongside promoter Eddie Hearn and television executives.

Joshua's choice of recent opponents, and his decision to face Miller, have received some criticism.

But the Watford-born fighter says it is a strategic step as he aims to be considered as one of the sport's greatest heavyweights.

"Me beating Miller may not make sense on 1 June but it may make sense in five years. Everything is building towards creating that legacy," he said.

"I could hype him up but I will keep it real. Miller can't punch, he hasn't got that much of a good work-rate, I'll throw more output punches.

"He's been knocked out seven times, he's the softest puncher in the heavyweight division.

"He's done nothing as a fighter in the amateur ranks or as a professional. And he will come up against a real champion.

"There is no fairytale story - the facts and stats show I will beat Miller and knock him out. That's the truth in plain sight."

Joshua wanted an easier fight - Miller.

For Miller, who hails from nearby Brooklyn, his first appearance at Madison Square Garden will represent the biggest fight of his career and a jump up in class.

Miller began Tuesday's news conference by describing his tough upbringing in "the ghetto", insisting that is what drives him to succeed in professional boxing.

"This is bigger than AJ, bigger than me, than MSG. This is huge," he said.

"It's bigger than money. For many years I didn't know what I was doing with my life, being a knucklehead, I had no idea other than going to the gym.

"I had this anger and fire in my stomach, I had dreams aged 11, 12, 13 that I was a warrior and that I was here for something."

In their first face-to-face public meeting, the man nicknamed 'Big Baby' tried to intimidate Joshua from the moment he pushed the Briton seconds after the pair appeared on stage.

He continually aimed barbs at Joshua - calling him a "prima donna", "barbie doll" and "prom queen" as well as other more crude insults - and constantly talked over Joshua as he answered questions.

Miller eventually decided to walk off stage, allowing Joshua - who stayed calm but looked annoyed by his opponent's behaviour - to continue talking without interruption.

"People call me the underdog but that's good. People call people from the hood and the ghetto underdogs all the time," Miller had explained earlier.

"I wasn't born with a silver spoon, I was born with these hands.

"I've worked hard for this. He didn't want this fight, he wanted an easy fight first, he wanted Dillian Whyte.

"He has got to earn to sit at my table. This is the gutter table, not the posh table. He can be the pretty boy but I'll grind it out."


Luke Reddy, BBC Sport boxing reporter:

Joshua has never been one to talk down a rival or immerse himself in the theatre of a heated news conference. But Miller has threatened to get under his skin before and seems to be doing the same here, if indeed this is real.

When Miller heard his rival curse on Tuesday, he screamed with delight: "That's what I want, to bring the real AJ out".

Part of me thinks that serves everybody. Joshua's clean-cut, corporate public persona isn't really keeping all his fans onside, even if it is respectful in this often ugly game.

So a bit of anger, a touch of beef and some raw emotion will maybe show off another side to the champion. As he looks to impress the US market for the first time, maybe making a noise - literally - will help get the job done.

information taken from the BBC site

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