WATCH: Vasyl Lomachenko Makes Jason Sosa Part Of His “Matrix Highlights Package”
For most fight fans, this weekend’s UFC 210 was the only show in town but a sold out MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, bore witness to a showdown between two of the top super featherweight boxers that currently walk this planet in Vasyl Lomachenko and Jason Sosa.
Lomachenko was 7-1 (5 KO’s), going into this one while Sosa boasted a record of 20-1-4 (15 KO’s) and although the American clearly had more professional boxing experience, before he turned pro, the hugely talented Ukranian southpaw boasted an incredible amateur record of 396 wins and only one loss, to Albert Selimov, which he avenged on two separate occasions.
During his reign as an amateur, he also managed to collect gold at both the 2008 Beijing Olympics (as a featherweight) and the 2012 London Olympics (as a lightweight).
Going into this one, most bookmakers didn’t give Sosa a chance of winning against the man that carries the nickname ‘The Matrix’ after his Neo-like performances inside the ring. Australian bookies Sportsbet.com.au installed him as the heavy favourite at $1.04 while Sosa was the rank outsider at $9.50.
But Lomachenko couldn’t afford to take the former WBA (Regular) super featherweight title holder lightly; after all, even Neo got his ass kicked from time to time.
By the time the main event of the evening rolled around, the bloodthirsty fans in attendance were ready for action and despite the fact that Sosa was fighting in his own country, many onlookers had come to see what the Ukranian could do.
Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KOs) dominated his WBO junior featherweight title defense before Sosa’s own corner stopped the fight after the ninth round, completing a three-fight Ukrainian sweep on Saturday night.
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“I’ll go home, rest, and then I want to negotiate with all the other champions in my division,” Lomachenko said. “If they refuse to fight me, I’m going to move up to 135.”
At one point in the sixth round, he mocked Sosa with a matador gesture, to the delight of fans who chanted his name and “Ooo-Cray-Nee-Ahh” throughout while waving blue and gold Ukrainian national flags.
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By the ninth, it had become clear to Sosa’s corner that this was a no-win proposition. By CompuBox’s count, Lomachenko connected with nearly four times as many punches as Sosa by night’s end.
“I couldn’t really execute,” Sosa said. “He’s a great fighter.”
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