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On Saturday, April 8, 2017, Vasyl Lomachenko takes on Jason Sosa live from the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD.

The boxing event will be the first at the MGM and headlines a tripleheader on HBO World Championship Boxing.

Read on for Round By Round Boxing‘s staff predictions and let us know who you think will win.

Round By Round Boxing Staff Predictions - 2017

NameWinLossTotal FightsWin Percentage
Alan Garcia3140.75
Alex Burgos108180.55555555555556
Amber Williams104140.71428571428571
Andrew Kang4041
Ardy Ajoste000!ERROR! division by zero
Brandon Glass5160.83333333333333
Chris Nicastro6390.66666666666667
CJ Halloran7310!ERROR! division by zero
Ismael Gallardo000!ERROR! division by zero
Jack O'Connell1450.2
Joseph Rodriguez831111
Julio Sanchez5160.83333333333333
Liam Brady134170.76470588235294
Marilyn Paulino000!ERROR! division by zero
Merissa Dyer000!ERROR! division by zero
Michael Burnell85130.61538461538462
Milo Taibi0110
Porfirio Barron Jr.000!ERROR! division by zero
Robert Contreras1011
Sarah Gruber93120.75
Shelbi Keyes1011
Tony Calcara000!ERROR! division by zero
Ty Paul112130.84615384615385

Vasyl Lomachenko
vs.
Jason Sosa

Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jason Sosa Mikey Williams Top Rank

Liam Brady, Graphic Designer/Staff Writer

Going for Vasyl Lomachenko, via stoppage, in eight rounds.

His angles, defensive wit and offensive accuracy will gradually break down the tough, but technically inferior, Jason Sosa.

Hopefully we can see Lomachenko contesting for belts, other than the WBO, very soon.

Prediction: Lomachenko

 

Brandon Glass, Staff Writer

Jason Sosa is peaking as a fighter and deserves a shot at Vasyl Lomachenko’s title. Unfortunately, this should have been a unification bout, but we all know how sanctioning bodies operate. Sosa decided to take this fight after the first defense of his WBA world title, which resulted in the belt being stripped.

Sosa has done well against solid competition in his last few outings and has experience as the underdog; he fought (a then undefeated) Nicholas Walters to a draw and upset Javier Fortuna by knockout in his first shot at a world title, a fight he was losing.

All that said, there are levels to boxing and Lomachenko is currently at the top level. There is nothing that Sosa has in the toolbox, can do in preparation, or learn from past experiences that can help him win–outside of pure luck.

Stylistically, this matchup is unfavorable for Sosa in terms of his aggression, as Lomachenko will use excellent footwork, angles, hand speed and counterpunching to bewilder Sosa as long as the fight lasts.

While Sosa has power and puts his punches together well, I expect him to be frustrated by his inability to be effective and stopped by the sixth round or earlier.

Prediction: Lomachenko

 

CJ Halloran, Staff Writer

Vasyl Lomachenko–all day every day. The guy doesn’t take anybody for granted and it shows.

I see his pure boxing ability destroying Jason Sosa and can’t see it passing the 10th.

Prediction: Lomachenko

 

Amber Williams, Photographer

Prediction: Lomachenko

 

Andrew Kang, Staff Writer

Jason Sosa is a tough, strong Junior Lightweight. I like his aggression and stiff lead left jab. Although his lone loss is by first round TKO, he has rebounded well and proven to be a tough, durable fighter.
He took the best hard-punching Nicholas Walters had to offer before settling for a majority decision draw. Vasyl Lomachenko, however, is a different caliber fighter. Already in the conversation of best pound-for-pound boxer in the world even before his 10th professional fight.
I like Lomachenko to establish the pace early and overwhelm Sosa with his hand speed, combination punching, lateral movement and agility. Whether by decision or stoppage, he’ll be winning by a wide margin leading up to it.

Prediction: Lomachenko

 

Ty Paul, Staff Writer

Give Jason Sosa credit for taking this fight. He’s had a lot momentum since his disputed draw against Nicholas Walters in December 2015. Sosa also looked fantastic against Javier Fortuna.

That being said, Lomachenko is on another planet. There’s no doubt Sosa will be more competitive against Lomachenko than Walters was and he’ll be willing to go all out and leave everything in the ring.

But Lomachenko has too much skill and natural God given talent for Sosa.

Prediction: Lomachenko

 

Mike Burnell, Staff Writer

Saturday night Vasyl “Hi Tech” Lomacheko puts his WBO Super Featherweight title on the line against Jason Sosa who is a comparative veteran with 25 fights as opposed to Lomachenko’s paltry eight. Loma won the title in his third professional fight.

As amazing as it may seem, Sosa is facing arguably the best fighter pound for pound in the world.

Lomachenko finished his amateur career with a record of 396-1, redeeming his loss twice against Albert Selimov, picking up gaudy amounts of championships and experience along his journey.

If there is any question of dominance, Lomachenko will likely disambiguate all notions within the next year, providing his team will be able to get past the obnoxious promotional and network issues.

All respect to Sosa who is a very capable fighter in other circumstances, he will be stopped in round eight.

Prediction: Lomachenko

 

Joseph Rodriguez, Staff Writer

Jason Sosa will definitely come into the fight looking for a win. He is not a fighter who is looking to go twelve rounds for a moral victory.

He will be in Lomachecnko’s face and this will hopefully lead to some thrilling exchanges. But Lomachenko is in a class of his own when it comes to boxing skill.

Sosa isn’t the most defensively skilled fighter, he will ultimately be overwhelmed by the accuracy and speed of Lomachenko’s punches.

Prediction: Lomachenko

 

Alex Burgos, Editor-in-Chief

Jason Sosa is tough and will try to employ a game plan where is he will be as heavy as he can and try to pressure Vasyl Lomachenko and make him feel his power.

I don’t think Lomachenko will give Sosa a target and will be outclassed throughout the fight before a mid-round stoppage.

Prediction: Lomachenko

 

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