Jason Sosa did one thing well...on occasion, he landed the left hook to the left flank of Vasyl Lomachenko. With his limited reflexes and speed, Sosa was unable to be consistent.
Sosa posed well in the first several rounds. By that, I mean that he moved his torso, threw some punches, and looked to have some speed. While Lomachenko measured him, they looked evenly matched.
But nature took its course. By round two, Sosa was already finding himself off balance trying to follow Lomachenko, unable to keep up with Lomachenko’s footwork. By round three, Sosa was missing poorly with left and right hooks to the head. With each successive round, Lomachenko landed more and more.
It was a matter of probabilities. For Lomachenko was too fast, so Sosa had to guess rather than react. Lomachenko could throw any variety of combinations; so long as it was varied Sosa was unlikely to successfully guess what was coming, much less react to it. Lomachenko could move and turn in any direction; so long as it was varied Sosa would have a very slow response, during which time Lomachenko could land combinations at a safe angle.
Lomachenko’s success comes down to speed and variety. It is much like a baseball pitcher with great “stuff” such that the batter really has to guess to hit any of the pitches well.
Another technical knockout for craftsman Lomachenko. Nothing he landed on Sosa was devastating, but it was hard and repeated; he was battering Sosa and accumulating damage. Clearly Sosa would have lasted to a decision if he could only be competitive.
Lomachenko has said that he is only interested in fighting champions. He is not interested in a long career, Lomachenko, and simply fighting for accolades. His career will last until there are no suitable opponents.
The two best fights for Lomachenko at 130 pounds are Gervonte Davis and Yuriorkis Gamboa. Gamboa has been too inactive and will take some time before he is ready. Davis is young, inexperienced, and not in his prime – and is not interested in Lomachenko as such. So Lomachenko has already expressed that he wants the winner of Mikey Garcia-Jorge Linares.
Lomachenko’s test will come against a quick-handed counterpuncher, as is Guillermo Rigondeaux and Mikey Garcia, the former being undersized. The reason for this postulation is that however fast Lomachenko’s feet, he moves towards his opponent to land; and since no one is going to match Lomachenko’s foot speed, a counterpuncher’s hand speed may exceed Lomachenko’s foot speed. On the other hand, come-forward boxers must have foot speed that can match Lomachenko’s.
Robert Garcia, brother and trainer of Mikey Garcia, joked that Mikey Garcia would end Lomachenko’s career if they fought. The fact is that Lomachenko is all about the glory of his dominance and will likely quicly lose interest in the sport when he is no longer a frontrunner.