Anthony Crolla came out of a decisive stoppage of Vasyl Lomachenko's fourth round, whose health and pride are intact, according to his promoter, Eddie Hearn.
Crolla's challenge for WAMP and WBO lightweight titles held by Lomachenko ended abruptly one-sidedly Saturday morning at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The former world champion Manchester has survived eighth place in the final standings, but the fight lasted a lap later.
"Anthony is good. Clearly, it was a coup de grace – a temple shot he did not see, "Hearn told Sky Sports. "After the count, he got up and was fine. But he is devastated. He said: "I am so disgusted for the team because of their work". I'm like: "Do not worry about the team, you just beat the pound for the number one pound."
"Everyone told him – [the promoter] Bob Arum, all the fighters near the ring – "There is no shame in that, man." You are a mandatory challenger, what will you do next? You get a shot at Lomachenko, you have to take it. But he was too handsome.
"The third round was strange because he was sitting on the ropes. I thought it was a bad stop, because even though he was not particularly fighting, it was a bad stop.
"Unfortunately, in the fourth round, Crolla knew that he had to do something and try it. When you do this against Lomachenko, you leave yourself wide open with holes. Lomachenko was too good for Anthony.
"This shot came against the head, you can not take this opportunity.Losing to face Lomachenko is never a shame.He can have no regrets because he has prepared the best he could, is everything, who will beat Lomachenko?
Lochenko, a two-time Olympic champion, justified his overwhelming favorite status with a 13th clinical victory in his professional career.
"I want Mikey Garcia. I want to unify the titles. That's my goal. I want historic fights, "Lomachenko said.