Vasyl Lomachenko dominates Jason Sosa putting on a masterclass performance

Vasyl Lomachenko dominates Jason Sosa putting on a masterclass performance

April 9, 2017


Vasyl Lomachenko dominated Jason Sosa from the beginning to the end at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photo: HBO Sports

Vasyl Lomachenko dominated Jason Sosa from the beginning to the end at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photo: HBO Sports

MGM NATIONAL HARBOR – Vasyl Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KOs) adds another master class performance to his resume as he completely dominated New Jersey’s Jason Sosa (20-2-4, 15 KOs) stopping him after nine rounds. From the beginning of the fight Lomachenko’s footwork, positioning, and hand speed overwhelmed Sosa. The Puerto Rican showed heart throughout the fight but was unable to put together any sequences of punches to win a round. The eighth round was particularly brutal as Lomachenko began to unload a brutal body attack on Sosa. Sosa’s corner decided after nine rounds that they had seen enough and put a halt to the fight. 

With the victory, Lomachenko will likely continue his ascent up many fans and pundits pound-for-pound rankings. The two-time Olympic Gold Medalist spoke with HBO’s Max Kellerman regarding his plans for the future.

“I’m going to go home and get some rest after that we’re going to start negotiations with all the champions at 130. If we can’t get anybody, we can move to 135, and we’re going to do damage there.” – Vasyl Lomachenko

In what may be not only the most impressive performance of the night but one of the best of 2017, Oleksandr Gvozdyk (13-0, 11 KOs) stopped Yunieski Gonzalez (18-3, 14 KOs) at the 2:55 mark of the third round. The fight was lopsided from the beginning as Gonzalez attempted to get on the inside of Gvozdyk to no avail. By the third round, the Ukranian light heavyweight had found his range and distance and began to unload unmercifully on Gonzalez. 

Everything was landing for Gvozdyk until Gonzalez’s corner finally stepped in to stop the fight. Gvozdyk landed an impressive 72 out of 106 power punches according to CompuBox putting him at a 68 percent accuracy rate for the fight. Afterward, Gvozdyk spoke with HBO’s Max Kellerman about the possibility of fighting the best to offer at light heavyweight.  

“Yeah I feel like I’m ready and I’m just waiting for an opportunity when I get a chance to fight for a title. It doesn’t matter against who. I wish Sergey Kovalev luck in his future fight. I hope he finishes what he didn’t finish in his last fight. So I don’t prefer to face Kovalev but if it’s necessary I will”. – Oleksandr Gvozdyk

In the opening bout of the night, Aleksandr Usyk (12-0, 10 KOs) successfully defended his WBO cruiserweight championship against then-unbeaten Michael Hunter (12-1, 8 KOs). The fight was exciting from the beginning as both men traded punches. There was high volume back and forth exchanges in most of the rounds.  After four rounds the fight was even, but Usyk turned up his activity by practicing an up and down attack that focused on body punches. Usyk had taken over the fight virtually winning every round after the fourth. 

The last round was particularly brutal as Usyk landed devastating punches knocking Hunter from corner to corner. The referee counted a knockdown on Hunter after a barrage of punches left him held up by the ropes. Somehow Hunter survived the round and Usyk was awarded a unanimous decision victory with scores of 117-110 three times. 


(Feature Photo: Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

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