Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – Camden, New Jersey’s Jason Sosa will step up in class for the biggest bout of his career when he squares off against junior lightweight world titleholder Vasyl Lomachenko, April 8th at the new MGM National Harbor in Oxen Hill, Maryland according to Top Rank’s Bob Arum.
The 28-year-old Sosa, has solid power and reeled off 13 straight knockouts before he fought to a majority 10-draw with former featherweight titlist Nicholas Walters back in 2015. Ringside observers as well as many members of the media had Walters easily winning the fight, however, the draw set up Sosa for a shot against secondary world titleholder Javier Fortuna.
Despite trailing on all three scorecards, Sosa (20-1-4, 15KO’s) showed tremendous heart and rallied to score a shocking KO in the 11th round to win the secondary belt. He easily defeated Stephen Smith in his first title defense in November.
“Sosa beat two good fighters in Fortuna and Smith, and he wants to find out how good he is,” said Russell Peltz, who co-promotes Sosa with Top Rank. “He wants to test himself against the best and Lomachenko is one of the best.”
Lomachenko (7-1, 5KO’s), the two-time Olympic Gold medalist from Ukraine, is a brilliant boxer and will be a huge favorite against the upstart Sosa.
“I don’t think anybody beats Lomachenko, but Sosa has a puncher’s chance,” Arum said. “He’s certainly a respectable opponent.”
Lomachenko’s last fight was a title defense against Walters in November, and it was more of a sparring session, as Lomachenko dominated Walters, who quit after the seventh round.
Over the summer JMB caught up Sosa right after his upset win over Fortuna. See Below.