Lomachenko Slams 126, 130 Lb. Champions

Two-division champion and rising pound-for-pound star Vasyl Lomachenko did not get into pro boxing to avoid challenges. In a sport where fighters often look to preserve undefeated records and hold onto belts, Lomachenko stands out — and he doesn’t hold back when criticizing his peers.

Lomachenko will defend his junior-lightweight title against Jason Sosa on April 8. He praised Sosa for taking the fight, but was not so kind in regards to the other champions of the 130 lb. division, and the ones at 126 lbs., the division he left behind.

"I would like to thank Jason Sosa, who unlike the other champions, agreed to take this fight to determine the best in this weight division, even though everyone knows I am the division’s Papi," said Lomachenko.

"I moved up to 130 pounds hoping champions in this division were not cowards like those at 126 pounds.  It looks like I was wrong. To all the other ‘champions’ in the 126 pound and 130 pound divisions, I say this to you, ‘You are not champions, you are businessmen.  Bad businessmen. By avoiding risks, you cheat the boxing fans and that is bad business.’  I came to this sport to prove to myself and others that I am this big and loud champion. So, while all of you continue to hide from me, I am going forward to achieve my goals.  My next step is on April 8th.  See you there!"

As for Sosa, the scrappy underdog understands the difficult task ahead of him. But he is not intimidated by Lomachenko’s accomplishments, pro or amateur.

"We understand that this is the most difficult fight of our career due to the fact that we are fighting the best fighter – Vasyl Lomachenko – in the history of amateur boxing," said Sosa. "The beauty of all of this is that I only had three amateur fights and will prove to the world that we are by far the better fighter."

"It will be exciting to see the great champion Vasyl Lomachenko back in the ring," said Egis Klimas, Lomachenko’s manager. "We give Jason Sosa credit for stepping up to this challenge.  We want to thank our promoter Top Rank and HBO for arranging this great event."

"Vasyl Lomachenko is history in the making.  He is the greatest fighter in the world," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.  "Vasyl is the total package — power, balance, skills, and tricks. And he will need to be at his best against Jason Sosa who has the talent to match his guts for getting into the ring with Vasyl. The fans watching it live at MGM National Harbor or on HBO are in for hell of a night."

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