By Sam Constantinou Coulter
Next weekend a man considered by many as the best fighter in the sport of boxing today, Vasyl Lomachenko, will look to defend his WBO world super featherweight title against former WBA champion Jason Sosa.
Aged 29 from Ukraine Lomachenko is widely regarded as the best amateur boxer in the history of the sport having compiled a reported record of 396-1 having won two Olympic Gold’s, two World Championships and a European Championship.
Since turning professional in 2013 Lomachenko has been fast-tracked to such an extent that he is already a two-weight world champion within eight fights. He has displayed levels of skill that have set him not only above world level fighters but in an elite league of very select fighters including the likes of Guillermo Rigondeaux, Roman Gonzalez and Andre Ward.
He possesses outstanding footwork and movement that allows him to evade the punches of his opponent whilst also landing his own from angles that others can only dream of. He can render opponents virtually useless from an offensive viewpoint to such an extent that he leaves them questioning themselves.
In his last outing against the dangerous puncher Nicholas Walters, the Ukrainian was so dominant that he appeared to be toying with the Jamaican. He seemed able to do whatever he wanted and even stood with his hands down at times.
Walters was so puzzled by the Ukrainian and his style that he pulled himself out of the fight. He had been mentally broken down by Lomachenko to such an extent that Walters could see no chance of winning or even making the fight relatively competitive.
Next weekend Lomachenko will face off 29-year-old American Jason Sosa who heads into the contest with a 20-1-4 professional record. having fought the likes of the aforementioned Nicholas Walters and most recently Stephen Smith.
Sosa is a tough, strong fighter with very underrated technical ability who poses a threat to any fighter. He is a man who has achieved a huge amount in a relatively short period of time having turned to the sport at the age of 20.
The American’s latest outing against Britain’s Stephen Smith was a fantastic, fan-friendly contest between two men who can hold their heads high with pride. Whilst it was a competitive fight Sosa always appeared in control.
Sosa has to be given huge credit for his desire to face Lomachenko to such an extent that he has had to give up his WBA title in order to make the fight happen. Whilst many fighters would look to avoid Lomachenko, Sosa has done all that he can to face him.
In terms of predicting an outcome of the fight, there is only one man that you can logically back and that has to be Vasyl Lomachenko. He has shown such amazing levels of pure boxing skill that it is difficult to predict any man around his weight class to cause him much trouble.
In all likelihood, he will outbox Sosa and make him look like a rather average boxer. This isn’t to say that Sosa is average by any means it is just to state that Lomachenko is an expert at making other top level fighters look rather poor.
He is quite simply one of the most technically supreme boxers I have ever seen and whilst he may not be a huge name known to casual fight fans he is revered by those who follow the sport day in and day out.
Whilst, for now, Lomachenko’s full attentions must remain on Sosa there have been talks of him moving up again in weight to face the likes of Mikey Garcia and Jorge Linares in the near future.
Lomachenko is already a two-weight world champion and whilst he may be outsized by bigger men his skill could well see him go on to claim world titles in higher weight divisions.
He is a special talent and one that should be admired for being the epitome of what the basics of the sport are, being able to hit your opponent and avoid their punches in return.
For those who haven’t seen much of Lomachenko, I implore you to watch him next weekend and witness a man at the peak of his powers.