Vasyl Lomachenko enhanced his reputation as one of the best boxers in the world today with the comprehensive nine round beatdown of Jason Sosa at the MGM National Harbor.
“I came in to do my job and show everyone the ‘High-Tech’ style,” Lomachenko said referring to his nickname. “I think I did my job really well.”
He did do his job really well, dominating the entire contest, slowly turning the screw until the ninth round where Sosa’s corner showed mercy in throwing in the towel knowing that there was nothing they could do to turn the fight in his favour
“I couldn’t really execute anything,” Sosa said. “He’s just a great fighter.”
Sosa, for the most part, was left punching at shadows, Lomachenko’s incredible footwork shining through as he boxed circles around his man.
Lomachenko had Sosa in trouble in the second, landing several hard shots and the punishment continued in the ensuing rounds, Lomachenko smiling through the dismantlement of Sosa, 29, who looked like he wanted to be anywhere else except in that ring.
Round six was a pivotal point for the champion who turned up the action ever so slightly to blast home body shots before doing a little matador dance in the middle of the ring to chants of “Loma, Loma”
Sosa showed the effects of the one-sided fight on his battered up face, Lomachenko, on the other hand, was enjoying his night’s work, badly hurting Sosa on a few occasions in the eighth.
Sosa showed tons of heart in staying upright although the round although it was one which could have still been considered 10-8 on the scorecard due to the dominance administered.
The ninth followed the same pattern until Sosa’s corner threw in the towel to finally save their man for another day
“It was an accumulation of too many punches,” Sosa’s trainer said “I didn’t want to get Jason hurt. He was out of the fight.”
The final Compubox statistics showed the one-sided nature of the contest, Lomachenko, landed 275 of 696 punches (40 percent) while Sosa connected on only 68 of 286 blows (24 percent).
“I’m going to call [Top Rank chairman] Bob [Arum] and tell him I only want to fight champions,” he said. “I am going to ask if we can get any of the 130-pound champions. If they refuse to fight, I’m gonna move up to 135. I’d like to fight [titleholder Terry] Flanagan in England. [Titleholder Mikey] Garcia would be a great fight. I’d like to make that fight soon.
There is also the possibility of righting a wrong in facing Orlando Salido, a man who he lost to in his debut.
“The first time we fought it was like a third-grader fighting a 12th-grader,” Lomachenko said. “I’ve now graduated to the university, and I want to invite Salido to my university. And I’m working my way toward [unified junior welterweight world champion] Terence Crawford. I know that’s a big fight, and I know people want to see it.”