It now seems more likely than ever that WBA Super featherweight “regular” champion Jason Sosa will get the call to face WBO champ Vasyl Lomachenko who’s also ranked on the ‘pound for pound’ list. It was first reported by ESPN.
Lomachenko had (again) been in negotiations for a unification fight with WBA super champ Jezreel Corrales of Panama but talks again fell through. Orlando Salido, who holds the only professional defeat over Lomachenko, was originally the front runner to land the April fight, but had been unwilling to negotiate until after Francisco Vargas lost this past weekend. Salido and his team preferred a rematch with Vargas had Vargas come out victorious against Miguel Berchelt.
Jason Sosa (20-1-4 15 KOs) won the regular title from Javier Fortuna last summer and successfully defended it for the first time last Fall. The 28 year old bruiser from New Jersey was also in the ring with Nicholas Walters, whom Lomachenko toyed with last November. Sosa received a gift “draw” decision in the bout that most ring observers felt Walters had won.
For Lomachenko (7-1 5 KOs) it presents him with the opportunity to be in a unification match of sorts and collect another belt. By winning the “regular” version of the WBA strap, he’ll also be in a more leveraged place for negotiations with Corrales should they decide to talk again in the future.
The bout will air on HBO on April 8th in Maryland at the new MGM property “National Hill.”