Vasyl Lomachenko took his show on the road to the new MGM property in Maryland in front of a quaint but mostly raucous Ukrainian crowd. He didn’t leave the patriotic spectators disappointed as he thoroughly dominated Jason Sosa from the opening bell. The differentials in skill and speed was more than evident and Lomachenko (8-1 6 KOs) glided to an easy TKO win.
You have to give Sosa (20-2-4 15 KOs) credit for not only taking the fight when other “champions” wouldn’t, but also how he kept getting up off of his stool after each round (Sosa lost every round). This was a respectable loss for the young Jersey fighter because he didn’t just lose to one of the Top 10 P4P boxers in the sport, he gave it his all which is a lot more than we can say for Nicholas Walters, Lomachenko’s previous opponent that he made look plain silly. Sosa will be back in the ring grinding it out against other top super featherweights and divisional contenders as long as he can maintain the weight. (It took Sosa three attempts to make weight earlier in the week.)
So what’s next for “Hi-tech”? A unification concept will surely be discussed again with Panamanian Jezreel Corrales who holds the WBA title, though he previously said he’d only fight Lomachenko in Panama. Obviously that’s a risk for Lomachenko but based on his ability to put away fighters, he wouldn’t have to worry about the fight going to the judges. In reality he shouldn’t have to make the trek all the way to Central America. Vasyl Lomachenko is by far the boss of the division with a growing fan base and he should be fighting in Los Angeles, New York City, and Las Vegas, not in Panama City.
Lomachenko has warned he’ll move up to 135 to challenge the champions there if the likes of Corrales or a rematch with Salido don’t materialize. Preferably, at his age, I’d like to see him stay at 130 and clean up the division before going up though if the other fighters won’t fight him, then it’s considered a duck in my book and by definition a forfeit.