Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko retained his WBO super featherweight belt in style on Saturday.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist was in dominant form. Showcasing astounding footwork, speed and movement, Lomachenko made a big statement by forcing his second straight opponent to quit before the final bell.
A tough challenger, Jason Sosa was game throughout. In truth though, there was little in his arsenal to trouble arguably the most skilled active fighter in the world today.
Quick off the mark, Lomachenko was able to land punches in bunches which Sosa had little option but to absorb.
By round three damage was clearly visible to the challenger. Lomachenko’s accurate combinations had caused visible swelling to Sosa’s eyes.
Growing increasingly more desperate, Sosa ended the fifth by trash talking his rival. Quick to return the favour, Lomachenko began the sixth by playing matador and avoiding his opponent’s clumsy offense.
As the rounds progressed Lomachenko followed up on his showboating with accurate body shots.
With no end to the punishment in sight an early stoppage felt inevitable. HBO’s Compubx statistics had Lomachenko connecting with 58% of his power shots compared to 29% for Sosa.
By the end of the ninth round Sosa’s corner had seen enough. His trainer (and father) took matters into his own hands and signalled an end to the contest for the over matched fighter.