Vasyl ‘Hi-Tech’ Lomachenko, the WBA junior lightweight titlist, took his show to the MGM National Harbor in Maryland last night where he dominated and destroyed Jason Sosa for nine one-sided rounds. The predominantly Ukrainian crowd was raucous the entire fight and cheered on their champion to go for the knockout. The knockout never came but Sosa and his corner decided they had enough after nine rounds of non-stop punches to his head and body.
“I came in to do my job and show everyone the ‘Hi-Tech’ style,” Lomachenko said through his translator. “I think I did my job really well.”
Sosa (20-2-4, 15KOs), from Camden, NJ, didn’t have any answers for the foot speed and angles used by his opponent and often times seemed frustrated from swinging and hitting air. This was just the second loss of Sosa’s career, but it was the second loss by stoppage.
According to CompuBox punch statistics, Lomachenko landed 275 of 696 punches (40 percent) while Sosa connected on only 68 of 286 (24 percent). Lomachenko (8-1, 6KOs) will be looking to unify titles at 130 and if he can’t get any of the other champions in the ring, he’s going to 135.
“I’m going to call 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 [Terry] Flanagan in England. [Mikey] Garcia would be a great fight. I’d like to make that fight soon.”