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Sosa Questions Lomachenko's Opposition; Sees Walters As Live Dog

By Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – Nicholas Walters’ last opponent is as interested as anyone in the former featherweight champion’s fight against Vasyl Lomachenko.

Jason Sosa, who won the WBA world super featherweight title in the fight after his majority draw with Walters 11 months ago, picked Lomachenko to win Saturday night. Sosa still considers Walters a very live underdog in a 130-pound championship fight Lomachenko was listed as a 9-1 favorite to win Friday at The Cosmopolitan sports book.

“It’s whoever comes to fight and puts on a better fight that day,” Sosa told BoxingScene.com on Friday. “Lomachenko is good, but how good is he when they keep throwing him in with [lesser] fighters, guys that are not on his level? They know what they’re doing with Lomachenko. And then you have Nicholas Walters, who’s strong and has been in the ring with some guys.”

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Sosa (20-1-4, 15 KOs) is looking forward to seeing how Lomachenko takes Walters’ power, something Sosa did well when the Camden, New Jersey, native met Jamaica’s Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs) on December 19 in Verona, New York.

“The reason why it’s interesting is because of the Nonito Donaire fight,” Sosa said, referring to Walters’ career-changing, sixth-round stoppage of Donaire two years ago. “That’s what makes it interesting. But who knows?

“But if you’re asking who I think would win, I probably would have to go with Lomachenko. Just because at the end of two rounds with Nicholas Walters I ended up adapting and boxing, and I’m not a boxer. I’m an aggressive fighter, but I started picking Nicholas apart. Lomachenko is more crafty and he’s a boxer type.”

Judge Tom Schreck scored the 10-round Sosa-Walters bout 96-94 for Walters. Judges Don Ackerman and Wynn Kintz scored it even (95-95), which made it a majority draw.

If Lomachenko-Walters goes to the scorecards, Sosa figures Ukraine’s Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) will win decisively. But again, Sosa sees Walters’ power as a potential equalizer in this HBO “World Championship Boxing” main event at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan (10:35 p.m. ET).

“I think it’s a 50-50 fight,” Sosa said. “But if you ask my trainer [Raul Rivas], he’ll say Lomachenko will win. But I feel like it’s a 50-50 fight. That goes for any fight. They [underestimated] me, but that’s just boxing. Anything can happen.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by My Low Place on 11-26-2016

[QUOTE=Gillie;17231309]He didn't pick Fortuna apart imo. He came back and won a fight that he was behind in by being aggressive as all hell and really tough.[/QUOTE] exactly he picked up the pace and found the open shots that fortuna…

Comment by angkag on 11-26-2016

[QUOTE=-Antonio-;17230856]This is funny because Loma has actually be handled the way every top amatuer should be handled, but never how they actually are handled. He was tbrown to the wolves immediately. Most ams these days fight about 15 no hopes…

Comment by Gillie on 11-26-2016

[QUOTE=My Low Place;17230832]im fine with everything he said except "i start started picking watlers apart after 2 rounds"....u landed shots in a fun fight..lets reserve words like picking apart for wat u did to my guy fortuna.[/QUOTE] He didn't pick…

Comment by THC on 11-26-2016

[QUOTE=SteveM;17231049]Is it just me or does the girl in the red kit literally look like a barbie doll?[/QUOTE]It's not just you; and she IS a doll. :)

Comment by Metho_4u on 11-26-2016

[QUOTE=hectari;17230907]Sosa sounds ill informed, Lomachenko has like 7 fights and he has fought for a world title in his second fight against Salido lol, Salido is one of the toughest mofos, Salido also missed weight and fought dirty, Loma beat…

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