Lomachenko Easily Defeats Sosa
It wasn’t even close. Vasyl Lomachenko easily cruised his way to a TKO victory over Jason Sosa on Saturday night to retain his WBO junior lightweight championship.
Lomachenko’s professional boxing career is still young, as this was only his ninth fight. Already winning titles in two weight divisions, becoming the boxer to do so in the quickest fashion, the 29-year-old is already leaving his mark.
Sosa put up quite the defensive effort in the opening round, as little to nothing made contact with his head. Lomachenko, however, did work Sosa’s body well, though Sosa got in a couple of jabs of his won. Sosa opened the second round by attempting to close the distance, but Lomachenko countered by utilizing his known and highly-praised footwork. Sosa got in a shot to Lomachenko’s head, but that was between several hard shots and combinations from Lomachenko to Sosa’s body. Not too much action took place in the third — it was more of a defensive effort on both ends — but it was clear Lomachenko was in control.
Sosa managed to land a shot to Lomachenko’s chin, but Sosa’s left eye noticeably had swelling around it. Lomachenko unleashed flurries of multiple shots, and Sosa was clearly hurt and outmatched. Lomachenko came out firing again in the fifth, quickly getting his challenger to the ropes. Sosa showed heart and toughness by taking a beating, but the fifth and sixth rounds were all-Lomachenko — little to no offense at all from Sosa.
Sosa’s punches were more wild in the seventh, getting a warning from the referee for a low shot. It was clear Sosa was gassed out. Lomachenko got Sosa’s back to the ropes and laid in on him again. By the end of the seventh, the punches thrown and landed categories were ridiculously in Lomachenko’s favor. Despite taking many unanswered punches, the referee did not stop the fight in the eighth round.
Sosa danced around Lomachenko, and the champion slowed down and landed just the occasional punch, with Sosa doing very little offensive work yet again. After the ninth, Sosa’s corner decides enough is enough and pulls him from the fight.