Jason Sosa wasn’t the first choice for Vasyl Lomachenko, or the second, but was definitely the best choice to display the Ukrainian’s supreme boxing talent as he painted yet another masterpiece against an overmatched foe.
From the get go, Sosa was no match for Lomachenko as he was getting hit from all angles and unable to stop the champion from doing whatever he pleased. Lomachenko made Sosa miss wildly and showed very little regard for his opponent as he danced around the ring and finding time to actively taunt him as he operated. The two-division champion barely broke a sweat as the best Sosa could muster were low blows and taking punches on his high guard.
The beating continued longer than it should have with Sosa’s corner opting to let him go as he took a tremendous amount of punishment. Lomachenko had enough in the seventh and eighth rounds as he viciously battered Sosa who was unable to defend himself. The fight came to an end in the ninth as Sosa’s corner finally had enough and called off the action.
With the top Junior Lightweight’s tied up at the moment and unable to come to terms with former conqueror Orlando Salido, there will be more Jason Sosa-type fights on deck for boxing’s most impressive technician in the near future.
Lomachenko moves to 8-1, 6 KO and retains his WBO Junior Lightweight belt while Sosa falls to 20-2-4.
On the undercard, a new storm is brewing in the Light Heavyweight division as Oleksandr Gvozdyk (13-0, 11 KO) is looking like a force to be reckoned with after manhandling Yuniesky Gonzalez (18-3, 14 KO) in three rounds. Gvozdyk started simply enough in the first two rounds, feeling out the former title challenger until unloading on him in the third. After two knockdowns and a vicious beating in the process, Gvozdyk scored the stoppage and sent a tremendous message to the Light Heavyweight division. Should Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev settle their affairs this June in their rematch, Gvozdyk will be on the short list of big fights in the aftermath.
The education of Aleksandr Usyk (12-0, 10 KO) continued as the prodigious Cruiserweight champion had his hands full against a very determined, but overmatched Michael Hunter (12-1, 8 KO). Usyk and Hunter fought on equal terms for the duration of their bout, but Hunter’s inability to get Usyk to respect his power shots allowed the champion to rack up points by taking the fight to the inside and wearing down his opponent. Usyk nearly closed the show in the final round, scoring a standing eight on Hunter, but settled for a unanimous decision winning 117-110 on all three cards and retained his WBO Cruiserweight belt.