Vasiliy Lomachenko and Anthony Crolla meet in tonight’s ESPN+ main event.
Vasiliy Lomachenko defends his WBO and WBA lighweight titles tonight at Staples Center in Los Angeles, facing Anthony Crolla in the main event of a Top Rank card, which will stream live in its entirety on ESPN+.
The main card starts at 11 pm ET, with prelims beginning at 8 pm ET.
Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KO) is the prohibitive favorite in this fight, with Crolla (34-6-3, 13 KO) given no real chance by anyone. But Crolla has fought his way here as the WBA mandatory challenger, and the always-game scrapper can be expected to give his all against one of the sport’s top pound-for-pound fighters.
In the co-feature, super middleweight titleholder Gilberto Ramirez (39-0, 25 KO) steps up to 175 pounds for a 10-round fight with former title challenger Tommy Karpency (29-6-1, 18 KO). If things go well for Ramirez, he could stay at 175 for bigger opportunities, though promoter Bob Arum is at least giving lip service to him fighting Callum Smith at 168.
Wil Esco will be on the round-by-round call tonight.
Here’s the prelim lineup:
- Arnold Barboza Jr (20-0, 7 KO) vs Mike Alvarado (40-4, 28 KO), junior welterweights, 10 rounds
- Alexander Besputin (12-0, 9 KO) vs Alfredo Blanco (20-7, 11 KO), welterweights, 10 rounds
- Janibek Alimkhanuly (5-0, 2 KO) vs Cristian Olivas (16-4, 13 KO), middleweights, 10 rounds
- Guido Vianello (2-0, 2 KO) vs Lawrence Gabriel (3-1-1, 2 KO), heavyweights, 6 rounds
- Ruben Rodriguez (5-0, 2 KO) vs Ramel Snegur (3-3-1, 2 KO), welterweights, 6 rounds
- Christopher Zavala (3-0, 2 KO) vs Sergio Antonio Gonzalez (2-2, 1 KO), super featherweights, 4 rounds
- Elvis Rodriguez (1-0, 1 KO) vs Kevin Alfonso Luna (1-2, 1 KO), junior welterweights, 4 rounds