In my last column, I warned of the rising tide of terrific fights that was about to usher in the spring boxing calendar like a tidal wave of exhilaration for boxing fans. First on the agenda WBO junior lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko defends his title for the sixth time against Jason Sosa. In this day and age that in itself does not sound particularly impressive until you familiarize yourself with the Ukrainian’s record of 7-1, 5 KO’s! If you’re wondering just how good this kid really is his nickname of “Hi –Tech” has become completely useless outside of an interesting moniker on his robe. The world has adopted this sensational boxer and renamed him “Loma” for short, but with complete admiration. When I personally describe him I have used this equation: “You can’t step to him. You can’t step away either!” He’s that good.
Sosa is a scrappy well-schooled fighter with proper experience to warrant the challenge. Unfortunately, he is tailored made for Loma to be an HBO sacrificial lamb. That is not to say the network is placating boxing dates with “filler” opponents, but rather a generalization that only the elite echelon fighters who reside in 130 pound neighborhood can present a worthy challenge. Sosa is ranked number 2 behind Orlando Salido who beat Lomachenko for vacant belt in Vasyl’s second professional fight by split decision. Salido juxtaposed was entering ring for 57th time.