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Hearn: ‘No regrets’ after Crolla’s brutal defeat by Lomachenko

‘You can’t turn a fight like this down’: Eddie Hearn insists he has ‘no regrets’ after Anthony Crolla’s brutal knockout defeat by Vasyl Lomachenko

  • Vasyl Lomachenko knocked out Anthony Crolla in four rounds on Friday night
  • Ukranian superstar outclassed British challenger in lightweight title fight 
  • Crolla hinted he may now retire but Hearn was defiant following the defeat 

Eddie Hearn has insisted he had no regrets after watching Anthony Crolla suffer a savage four-round beating at the hands of Vasyl Lomachenko in Los Angeles.

Massive outsider Crolla had promised to ‘shock the world’ against Lomachenko in pursuit of world lightweight glory — but ended up on the canvas in the fourth round after a brutal right hook.

Some boxing commentators had wondered whether the Manchester fighter should even have shared the ring with Ukrainian Lomachenko, who is generally hailed as the best in the world.

Anthony Crolla was well beaten by world lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko on Friday

But his defiant promoter Eddie Hearn insisted they had 'no regrets' about taking the fight

But his defiant promoter Eddie Hearn insisted they had ‘no regrets’ about taking the fight

But defiant promoter Hearn said on Saturday night: ‘We’ve got no regrets. You can’t turn a fight like this down.’

Former WBA lightweight champion Crolla, 32, later hinted he is now considering retirement.

Crolla told Sky Sports: ‘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.’ 

He has had a 13-year professional career in which he has won 34 of his 44 fights.

Crolla, who was the rank outsider, was completely outfought by the impressive Ukrainian

Crolla, who was the rank outsider, was completely outfought by the impressive Ukrainian

 

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