Vasyl Lomachenko retains, stops Sosa in Nine; Gvozdyk, Usyk score wins

Vasyl Lomachenko retained his WBO super-featherweight title with a ninth round technical knockout win over Jason Sosa. Lomachenko’s fluidity, speed, side-step lateral movement, punch selection, along with hand, shoulder and foot feints were on display, as he did whatever he wanted to Sosa whenever he wanted to. The question is asked, who’s next? A rematch with Orlando Salido? A title unification bout with Jezreel Corrales? Moving up to face WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia? We’ll know when we know.

Oleksandr Gvozdyk scored a knockout in the third round against Yunieski Gonzalez. Gvozdyk established his long and quick jab in the first round. It didn’t much longer for Gvozdyk to land with pinpoint combinations. Gvozdyk knocked Gonzalez down three times in the third round.

Oleksandr Usyk retained his WBO cruiserweight title with a unanimous decision win over former Olympian and American contender Michael Hunter. After a meticulous opening frame, Hunter began outworking Usyk in the preceding two rounds with body and subtle lateral movement. It wasn’t until the end of the third round when Usyk was able to establish a rhythm and find his range to land his right hooks and straight left hands. Beginning in round four, Usyk’s body attack and multiplicity of punches began overpowering Hunter. In the twelfth and final round, Usyk’s sustained onslaught produced a knockdown of Hunter. Usyk won 117-110 on all three of the judges’ scorecards.

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