Lomachenko outclasses Sosa in nine

09/04/2017 07:48

WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KOs) outclassed and then stopped Jason Sosa (20-2-4, 15 KOs) at the end of the ninth round on Saturday night at the MGM National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Lomachenko, one of the best pound for pound fighters in boxing, dominated the entire fight before Sosa’s trainer Raul Rivas asked referee Kenny Chevalier to halt the one-sided bout.

Sosa, who vacated his WBA 'regular' title in order to fight Lomachenko, showed his toughness throughout but he could not match the Ukrainian’s skills, and by the fourth round his face began to swell.

Lomachenko continued to pound Sosa with hard shots in the following rounds while making Sosa miss with his punches.

In the eighth the American was getting badly hurt and the punishment continued until the fight was stopped by Sosa’s trainer at the end of the ninth.

"I came to show my 'High Tech' style and to prove that I am the best fighter in the world," said Lomachenko. "I think I did my job."

Sosa said: "I couldn't really execute anything. He's a great fighter."

Also on the card, Lomachenko's countryman and friend Oleksandr Usyk (12-0, 10 KOs) retained his WBO cruiserweight title with an exciting 12-round unanimous decision over American challenger Mike Hunter (12-1, 8 KOs).

Both fighters exchanged punches in the early rounds but Usyk came on strong in the second half of the fight, landing the harder shots.

Hunter took a lot of punishment in the final round and Usyk scored a knockdown after sending Hunter into the ropes from a barrage of punches.

All three judges scored the fight 117-110 for Usyk.