By Keith Idec
Several potential opponents said they would fight Vasyl Lomachenko, but turned down the opportunity because they wanted more money.
Jason Sosa wasn’t about to price himself out of what he considers the opportunity of a lifetime. Sosa confirmed to BoxingScene.com on Wednesday night that he has agreed to challenge Lomachenko in a 130-pound championship unification fight April 8 in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
HBO will televise that fight for Lomachenko’s WBO world and Sosa’s WBA world super featherweight titles from the MGM National Harbor, a new casino and resort near Washington, D.C.
“We were more than happy to take the fight against Lomachenko,” Sosa said. “We’re very excited. We feel that we’re ready to fight Lomachenko. We’ve been asking to fight Lomachenko. The price just had to be right. But we’re excited to show the world what we can do with one of the so-called best fighters in the world.”
Lomachenko (7-1, 5 KOs), who’ll turn 29 in two weeks, is widely viewed as one of top three boxers, pound-for-pound, in the sport. The highly skilled Ukrainian southpaw dominated Jamaica’s Nicholas Walters in his last fight, before the previously unbeaten Walters (26-1-1, 21 KOs) quit on his stool prior the start of the eighth round November 26 at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.
Sosa (20-1-4, 15 KOs), a native of Camden, New Jersey, defeated England’s Stephen Smith (24-3, 14 KOs) in his most recent fight, November 12 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. That unanimous-decision win came in the first defense of Sosa’s WBA world super featherweight championship.
The 28-year-old Sosa won that title in his previous fight, when he stopped then-unbeaten Dominican Javier Fortuna (31-1-1, 22 KOs) in the 11th round of a June 24 fight in Beijing.
Sosa could’ve pursed a less daunting assignment for his next bout, but wants to test himself at the elite level.
“I want that No. 1 spot,” said Sosa, who drew with Walters in a 10-round fight 13 months ago in Verona, N.Y. “I wanna show the world that I’m one of the best 130-pounders. I’m 28 and I’ve got a goal to become a four-time world champion. We can’t keep holding on. We’ve gotta keep going forward.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.