Flawless Lomachenko Headlines Night of Ukrainian Dominance

Photos: Ed Mulholland

By Kieran Mulvaney

OXON HILL, Md. - On Friday afternoon, Vasyl Lomachenko offered the hope that Jason Sosa would charge toward him and fight aggressively on Saturday night. “If he does, it will make things more simple for me,” said the peerless Ukrainian, imagining a scenario in which his American opponent would simply plow forward and be eaten up by a fusillade of counter punches. In the event, Sosa did not fight with the face-first aggression that Lomachenko claimed to seek. He showed plenty of heart and determination, and had his corner not pulled him from the contest, he would surely have continued tilting at pugilistic windmills until the very end. But he barely took a step forward throughout the nine one-sided rounds that unfolded in front of a heavily pro-Lomachenko crowd of 2,828 at the new MGM National Harbor; Lomachenko simply wouldn’t let him.

From the very start, Lomachenko (8-1, 5 KOs) was the one advancing, stalking toward Sosa, putting his opponent on the back foot, feinting a move to the right and then the left, testing Sosa’s reactions and filing the information away for imminent use. In the early rounds, Sosa (20-2-4, 15 KOs) looked confident if not entirely comfortable, but rapidly saw for himself the skills and speed that had caused even as accomplished and impressive an opponent as Nicholas Walters to quit in Lomachenko’s last outing. Attempting to combat the Ukrainian is like trying to catch a ghost, as he darts in and out and shifts weight and position effortlessly, controlling the distance and varying it from instant to instant while never leaving himself off balance or out of position. 

The elite boxers are able to launch a combination, shift position, fire off another combination, and move again – all, ideally, while avoiding incoming artillery. Lomachenko glides effortlessly from one point to the next in the middle of a combination, and yet so supreme is his balance and poise that he is in perfect position at the beginning, the end and even the middle of his movement. And as the minutes and then the rounds tick by, he dials in his punches with ever greater accuracy and authority, a flurry of tip-taps to the head suddenly giving away to a digging southpaw left to the body and then a hard left to the head. So it was against Sosa, who stood valiantly and defiantly, doing what he could to launch and land punches, even as Lomachenko steered him into punches of his own. One moment Lomachenko was there, one moment he wasn’t, and in either case Sosa’s brave efforts to hit him were almost entirely in vain.

By the end, Sosa had landed just 68 punches of 286 thrown. In contrast, Lomachenko had scored with 204 of 351 power punches – fully 58 percent – and 275 of 696 total blows. As his dominance became all-encompassing, he mocked Sosa by miming the yielding of a matador’s cape, or by doubling over in mock sympathy after landing a left to the body that had Sosa gasping for air. In the eighth, a pair of ripping body shots brought Sosa to a standstill and prompted Lomachenko to unleash an onslaught that, at the end of the round, caused Sosa’s trainer Raul Rivas to warn him that he had one more round to avoid his pulling the plug. Sosa vowed to knock Lomachenko out, but despite his best efforts, it was he who has taking the unanswered blows at round’s end, after which Rivas followed through on his promise.

“I came into the ring to do my job, and I think everyone saw what they wanted to,” said Lomachenko afterward. Having already departed the featherweight division in search of a challenge, the junior lightweight said that he would “go home, get some sleep and then put out offers to the other champions at 130 pounds.” If they didn’t respond, then he would seek out new challenges at lightweight. Wherever he goes, and in whatever weight division he boxes, it is hard to see many if any being even remotely competitive. Lomachenko is just that good.

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In a sensational performance that definitively announced his arrival as a major player in the light-heavyweight division, Oleksandr Gvozdyk (13-0, 11 KOs) annihilated Yunieski Gonzalez, dropping him twice in the third round until the Cuban’s corner stepped in to halt the bout at 2:55 of the frame.

Gonzalez (18-3, 14 KOs) was never in the contest, unable to cope with Gvozdyk’s blisteringly fast combinations or catch up with the Ukrainian’s swift footwork. The more the slugger sought to close the distance, the more he walked into Gvozdyk’s buzzsaw, and a rapidfire combination bloodied Gonzalez’s nose and dropped him to one knee in the third. Gonzalez continued to try to press forward, but he was merely walking into punches and barely able to throw any back. The end was clearly in sight and it came when another short right dropped Gonzalez face-first. It was to the Cuban’s immense credit that he protested when his corner stepped onto the ring apron and caught the attention of referee Harvey Dock, but the stoppage was merciful and wise. Gonzalez had lost twice before, but once – against Jean Pascal – he was widely considered to have been robbed, and a subsequent loss to Vyacheslav Shabransky was a majority decision. Nobody had come close to dominating him, but Gvozdyk did so with ease, and a world title shot must now be just around the corner.

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In the opening bout, cruiserweight Michael Hunter survived a furious twelfth round shellacking from Aleksandr Usyk, making it to the final bell even as referee Bill Clancy looked carefully and contemplated stepping in and calling a halt to the contest. As a result, he became only the second professional opponent to extend Usyk the full distance, even as he became the Ukrainian’s 12th victim and suffered his own first pro defeat.

Hunter (12-1, 8 KOs) started brightly, moving constantly from left to right and back again and peppering Usyk with fast combinations that landed effectively to body and head. But Usyk is a self-described slow starter, who prefers to spend a few rounds analyzing his foe before determining what adjustments need to be made, and that’s what he did against the man from Las Vegas. After falling behind through the first three rounds, Usyk (12-0, 10 KOs) began digging to his opponent’s body and deploying his southpaw right hook to limit Hunter’s movement. 

The American’s hands continued to work overtime, but his feet became progressively more leaden, allowing Usyk to land with increasing effectiveness. A series of digging left hands to the body knocked much of the remaining fight out of Hunter in the tenth, but the son of former heavyweight contender Mike “The Bounty” Hunter refused to yield, even when a thudding left hand prompted the two-minute onslaught to close the bout, punctuated only when Clancy ruled that only the ropes had saved Hunter from a knockdown and administered a count. At the end, the result was a formality, all three ringside judges seeing Usyk as the winner by a score of 117-110.

A Ukrainian Night in the Nation’s Capital Should See Lomachenko Reign Supreme

Photos: Ed Mulholland

By Kieran Mulvaney

OXON HILL, Md. -- Three different men will act as chief consultants in the corners of the Ukrainians who are contesting the televised bouts on Saturday’s edition of HBO World Championship Boxing (10 p.m. ET/PT). Marco Contreras will be piloting light heavyweight Oleksander Gvozdyk, who takes on tough Yunieksi Gonzalez; Russ Anber will be giving instructions to cruiserweight champion Aleksandr Usyk, who tackles tricky American Michael Hunter. 

But the sage whose spirit guides them all is the man who will physically be in the corner for the main event, taking care of his peerless son Vasyl in his junior lightweight bout against Jason Sosa: Anatoly Lomachenko, the man who, more than any other, has been behind the tremendous recent success of Ukraine’s amateur boxing program. The fact that, for the first time in history, a US boxing broadcast features three Ukrainians is a result of his early and ongoing influence on their careers, as is the fact that each of those Ukrainians is regarded as, at worst, a legitimate contender or, at best, a potential great.

Gvozdyk is the man who perhaps has yet to prove himself more than his compatriots, although that is due primarily to how scary good those compatriots already are – as well as the fact that Gvozdyk is the only one who has shown genuine vulnerability at any point so far in his brief professional career. The 2012 Olympic bronze medalist was dropped and seemingly hurt in the opening round against relatively limited Tommy Karpency last July, although the Ukrainian came back to score a sixth-round stoppage. But on either side of that underwhelming outing he impressed; last April, Gvozdyk annihilated Nadjib Mohammedi in two rounds and, last November, looked good against tricky veteran Isaac Chilemba before the Malawian retired with an injured shoulder. At just 12-0 with 10 KOs, Gvozdyk has by most standards barely had time to get his feet wet in the professional ranks, but is already diving in to the deep end. 

So, too, is Usyk, who won gold at those same Olympics and won a cruiserweight title in just his 10th professional outing. After making his US and HBO debut with his first defense of that title last December, he takes on the undefeated Hunter – whose late father, heavyweight Mike “The Bounty” Hunter, scored wins over the likes of Frans Botha, Oliver McCall and Tyrell Biggs.

But both Gvozdyk and Usyk are positively pedestrian compared to Lomachenko, who not only won gold in 2012 but did so four years previously, and who already has won world titles at two weights despite being just eight fights into his pro career. The fact that he is the only one of the three to have tasted defeat as a professional is testament, not to his relative lack of talent, but his precociousness: Not only did he challenge for his first title in just his second pro fight, but the man he tackled, Orlando Salido, is ring-savvy and brutally tough. Not only that, but the Mexican missed weight, landed numerous unsanctioned but unpunished blows to Lomachenko’s groin during the course of their bout, and still had to hang on to avoid being knocked out in the 12th and final round. It is perhaps significant that Salido, whom few potential opponents would willingly face unless they had to, has shown little to no inclination to grant Lomachenko a rematch.

Jason Sosa’s last appearance on HBO saw him awarded a draw in a bout with Nicholas Walters that most observers felt he lost. Nonetheless, his performance won him admirers, and subsequent victories against Javier Fortuna and Stephen Smith have underlined his credentials as a legitimate player in the 130-pound division, someone who is certainly in the top 10 in that weight class and perhaps among the upper half of those 10. And yet few outside of the fighter, his family and friends, and his promoter Russell Peltz, give him a prayer of winning more than a round or two against Lomachenko, if that, on Saturday night. 

That is a testament to just how good Lomachenko appears to be, a feeling bolstered not just by the subjective “eye test,” but by the cold, hard facts of his results, especially of late. Last year, for example, brought a fifth-round annihilation of Rocky Martinez that was capped with a picture-perfect knockout punch, and a drubbing of Walters so complete that the hitherto undefeated Jamaican simply chose not to fight any more.

But that aforementioned eye test adds an extra dimension, for it reveals a man with sublime defense, blazing fast hands, and perfect footwork that enables him to maintain almost perfect balance at every stage of every contest, whether jabbing in from distance or working in close. The roots of that perfect balance are buried in soil laid by Papa Lomachenko many years ago, when in order to improve Vasyl’s future prospects in boxing, he took him out of the ring and instructed him to learn how to dance.

There is an Odessa-on-the-Potomac feel about Saturday’s card, which takes place in the shadow of the Beltway at the new MGM National Harbor – an impressive property which seems destined to join the roll call of regular boxing venues. These are tumultuous times in the nation’s capital, but for one night at least, expect a peerless Ukrainian to remain the king, his countrymen his courtiers, and his father, standing outside the limelight as the power behind the throne, but enjoying the sight of a lifetime’s work coming to fruition.

Weights from MGM National Harbor:

Vasyl Lomachenko:  129.6 pounds | Jason Sosa:  130.0 pounds

Aleksandr Usyk:  199.4 pounds | Mike Hunter:  198.0 pounds

Oleksandr Gvozdyk:  174.2 pounds | Yuniesky Gonzalez:  174.8 pounds


 

CompuBox Preview+Prediction: Lomachenko vs. Sosa

Photo: Will Hart

By CompuBox

After just eight non-WSB professional fights, Vasyl Lomachenko is entrenched in most pound-for-pound lists and has required the fewest bouts to win major titles in two weight classes (seven). Thus, the 29-year-old Ukrainian, now in his physical prime, has made up for the extended time spent in the amateurs, where he went a mind-boggling 396-1. Lomachenko's next step will be against WBA "world" titlist Jason Sosa, whose belt will not be on the line. Sosa is coming off back-to-back victories over Javier Fortuna (from whom he won his subordinate WBA title) and veteran Stephen Smith. Sosa may be on a roll, but will that stop against the man called "Hi-Tech"? 

The Ukrainian Matrix: Lomachenko's dazzling footwork, blinding combinations and off-the-charts ring IQ is jaw-dropping even to the most veteran observers and the numbers back it up. In his last seven fights, Lomachenko's blend of offensive brilliance and defensive prowess is striking. In that span, Lomachenko averaged 59.5 punches per round to his opponents' 49, more than tripled his opponents' total connects per round (22 vs. 7.9), obliterated them in the jab battle (30.6 thrown/7.8 connects per round vs. 19.5 thrown/1.3 connects) and landed 49.5% of his power shots to their 22.7%. 

In his most recent fight against Nicholas Walters, who was thought to be the best opponent of his career thus far, Lomachenko's skills drove the Jamaican to quit. The reasons? First, the shorter Lomachenko out-jabbed Walters 36-15. Second, in the final four rounds Lomachenko led 80-28 in overall punches, 26-4 jabs and 54-24 power, which extended his final leads to 114-49 overall, 36-15 jabs and 78-34 power. Third, Lomachenko prevailed 26%-19% overall, 15%-10% jabs and 39%-28% power. Additionally, in the final round Lomachenko went 30 of 90 overall and 24 of 54 power to Walters' 5 of 34 and 4 of 24, respectively. That gap would drive any man to spit the bit.  

What may be scarier for opponents is that Lomachenko has finally secured his knockout touch; after going the distance in his first four non-WSB pro fights, he has scored four straight knockouts. Will Sosa be No. 5?

Inside The Numbers: Lomachenko's +20.9 rating is No. 1 on the CompuBox Plus/Minus list. That +20.9 rating is the highest since Floyd Mayweather's +24.5. Lomachenko landed 49.5% of his power shots -- No. 2 on CompuBox Categorical Leaders list (behind Adonis Stevenson’s 54.5%). Opponents landed just 16.1% of their total punches, which ranks No. 1 on CompuBox Categorical Leaders list, and just 22.7% of their power shots, which ranks No. 2 behind Guillermo Rigondeaux’s 19.9%.  Loma's 7.8 jabs landed per round nearly doubled the junior lightweight average.

Sosa's Surge: Walters fought both Sosa and Lomachenko, and if the stats are any indicator, Sosa stands even less of a chance of beating Lomachenko. While the Walters-Sosa bout was officially a 10-round draw, Sosa trailed in every category (281-168 overall, 56-47 jabs, 225-121 power), was outlanded in every round overall and trailed 24-4-2 in the round-by-round breakdowns.  He also was less accurate in all phases (45%-19% overall, 30%-18% jabs, 52%-20% power). But Sosa was the far busier fighter (87.3 punches per round to Walters' 62.2), and he was the aggressor -- albeit an ineffective one. By comparison, Walters was outlanded 114-49 by Lomachenko in total punches and 78-34 in power shots.  

Since then, however, Sosa has raised his stock considerably. He broke open a close fight with hard-to-figure southpaw Javier Fortuna by scoring knockdowns in rounds 10 and 11 as well as outlanding Fortuna 26-5 overall and 25-4 power in those rounds. That spurt enabled Sosa to prevail 114-98 overall and 103-85 power to off-set Fortuna's slim 13-11 lead in landed jabs. Sosa was also more accurate (27%-18% overall, 34%-26% power) and earned his statistical leads despite throwing fewer punches (41.7 per round to Fortuna's 52.3). His effectiveness against the southpaw Fortuna may give Sosa reason to feel somewhat better about fighting another left-hander in Lomachenko. 

Another reason may be Sosa's performance against British veteran Stephen Smith last November in Monaco. Sosa was active (61 per round to Smith's 56.7), jabbed well (23.2 thrown/5.8 connects per round), accurate (36% overall; 25% jabs and 42% power) and dominant (261-182 overall; 69-35 jabs and 192-147 power).  Sosa's five CompuBox-tracked opponents landed a combined 37.2% of their power punches.  

Prediction: Lomachenko will test the limits of Sosa's courage, as he will likely land early and often. The biggest gap between them is foot speed; Lomachenko has that in abundance while Sosa's is below average. Thus, Sosa will struggle to keep up with Lomachenko, who will be the winner by mid-rounds TKO.

Lomachenko Looks to Make Another Statement Against Sosa

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By Eric Raskin

As the upper reaches of the sport of boxing are increasingly taken over by fighters from the former Soviet Union, it’s natural to group together three of the best of them: Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine, Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan, and Sergey Kovalev of Russia. While there is much debate over how to rank the trio as pugilists, there is little denying that Lomachenko faces the toughest road to connecting with American audiences. He’s not the natural knockout artist that Golovkin (33 KOs in 37 wins) and Kovalev (26 KOs in 30 wins) are. He doesn’t have a clearly defined personality yet to rival Golovkin’s catchphrase-spewing goofball and Kovalev’s friendly bad-ass. And in general, public interest in the 130-pound division is typically harder to stir up than it is for the bigger, more-steeped-in-tradition middleweight and light heavyweight divisions.

Lomachenko is a master craftsman, a delight for the true connoisseurs. That doesn’t always translate to box-office bonanza. So, more than Golovkin or Kovalev, he needs pound-for-pound recognition as a marketing tool. Asked recently if he was learning English in order to crossover to the mainstream more readily, the Ukrainian responded, in his native tongue, “I am talking in the language of boxing.” Sometimes that’s enough. Sometimes it isn’t.

The good news is Lomachenko has time to get his message across. Whereas Kovalev just turned 34 and Golovkin will turn 35 this Saturday, Lomachenko is only 29. And while Golovkin is blowing out candles on his birthday cake, Lomachenko will be seeking a blowout of his own against game underdog Jason Sosa at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. These are the kind of fights in which winning isn’t enough. If Lomachenko is to be more than just the hardcore boxing fans’ little secret, he needs to dazzle the way he did his last two times out.

In November against Nicholas Walters, thought by many to be the strongest threat to Lomachenko at 130 pounds, the all-but-untouchable southpaw known as “Hi-Tech” frustrated Walters into a stunning submission after seven rounds. Five months prior, Lomachenko defied conventional wisdom about his knockout power with a sizzling jaw-jacking of Roman “Rocky” Martinez in the fifth round. That two-fight run earned Lomachenko Fighter of the Year consideration and elevated him into the upper pound-for-pound echelons.

But none of that has scared off Sosa or his Hall of Fame promoter, J Russell Peltz.

“We didn’t hesitate when the fight was offered,” Peltz told Inside HBO Boxing. “It was the biggest money option, for sure, and also the biggest challenge. I know nobody’s picking our guy to win. That’s fine. There’s less pressure on you that way. Lomachenko’s expected to win. He’s got to be a 20-1 favorite.

“But I don’t buy that he’s the best fighter, pound-for-pound. Listen, is he a good fighter? Yeah. But, you know, you have 400 amateur fights, that’s gonna start weighing on your body after a while. All those years in the gym, all the punches you take, sooner or later it cracks. People close to me have told me, ‘You won’t win one second of one round, and you’re taking a sacrificial lamb to the slaughter.’ Well, we have a better chance of beating Lomachenko on April 8 than anybody else does.”

There’s no denying that. And the high-volume Sosa has been known to pull off surprises (even if not against Lomachenko-level opponents). As a prohibitive underdog, he managed an official draw against Walters. In a challenge for an alphabet belt against undefeated Javier Fortuna, he got off the canvas to score two knockdowns en route to an unexpected 11th-round TKO win. The 29-year-old from the working-class (to use a euphemism) town of Camden, New Jersey followed that up with a lopsided win over Stephen Smith to run his record to 20-1-4, 15 KOs. Peltz points out that his trainer, Raul “Chino” Rivas, who also took Tevin Farmer from middling clubfighter to contender, deserves a lot of the credit for getting Sosa to this point.

It’s been just over a decade since a torn ACL ended Sosa’s high school football career, leading him to boxing. His amateur résumé was – to put it mildly – less distinguished than Lomachenko’s. Whereas the Ukrainian went a mind-boggling 396-1 in the unpaid ranks and won two Olympic gold medals, Sosa had, um, three amateur fights.

“The fights I am getting as a professional are keeping me hungry and focused on maintaining my craft,” Sosa said when the Lomachenko fight was announced. “I am going to be in the best condition of my life. I have to be to fight one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world and the best amateur fighter that ever lived.”

Lomachenko may very well be that. And Sosa wasn’t quite done praising his opponent. Moments later, he said of Lomachenko, “He is the closest fighter to perfection in boxing.”

It was a statement reminiscent of something HBO color analyst and former pound-for-pound king Roy Jones, perhaps the earliest passenger on the Lomachenko P4P train, said not long ago. Speaking to the assembled press after Lomachenko’s win over Walters, Jones was asked what the Ukrainian does well in the ring. “Everything,” Jones answered without hesitation. “He does everything well.”

Lomachenko (7-1, 5 KOs) lost his second pro fight – a narrow decision to 55-fight veteran Orlando Salido, who failed to make weight for the contest – and it speaks to Hi-Tech’s level of execution that in a mere six fights since, he has essentially erased that defeat from most people’s minds. The CompuBox statistics support the argument that Lomachenko can already be considered the best in the business; he’s ranked No. 1 in the whole sport in plus-minus (his connect percentage minus his opponents’ connect percentage), and his opponents have the lowest connect percentage of any active fighter. His footwork is otherworldly, helping to make his defense so exceptional. Aside from the fact that he isn’t as heavy-handed as a Golovkin or a Kovalev, Lomachenko truly is the complete package in the ring. 

And he might even be creeping up in the personality department on the man who coined such phrases as “good boy” and “Mexican style” (Golovkin) and the one who makes fowl noises when “Adonis Chickenson’s” name comes up (Kovalev). Lomachenko was asked recently, “When you look in the mirror, do you see yourself as the best fighter in the world?” He responded, “It is very hard to answer the question because when I look in the mirror I don’t think about who the pound-for-pound fighter is. I am usually working on my hair at that moment.”

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Cosmo Kramer may have once famously declared that “Ukraine is weak” while playing the board game Risk on a subway car, but in boxing right now, no statement could be further from the truth. The televised undercard to Lomachenko-Sosa features two undefeated Ukrainian fighters looking to turn heads against quality opponents.

In the show opener, light heavyweight Oleksandr Gvozdyk (12-0, 10 KOs), fresh off an impressive win over Isaac Chilemba, takes on Cuba’s Yunieski Gonzalez (18-2, 14 KOs), best remembered for dropping a fairly ridiculous decision to Jean Pascal in 2015. And after that, cruiserweight Oleksandr Usyk (11-0, 10 KOs), arguably the best in his division already following wins over Krzysztof Glowacki and Thabiso Mchunu, meets fellow 2012 Olympian Michael Hunter (12-0, 8 KOs). Gvozdyk is a promising prospect; Usyk might be much more than that. If all three favorites win on Saturday night at MGM National Harbor, that ought to debunk any assertions about Ukraine being weak. 
 

Ward vs. Kovalev Rematch Set for June 17 in Las Vegas on HBO PPV

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Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions and Krusher Promotions are pleased to announce the highly anticipated rematch between unified light heavyweight champion Andre “SOG” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and former title holder Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs). Ward vs. Kovalev II “No Excuses” will take place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The championship event, presented by Corona Extra, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Team Ward and Team Kovalev will partake in a three-city press tour the week of April 10 to officially announce the fight, including New York City, the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Further details will be available in the coming days. 

“I'm going to keep it short and sweet,” said Ward. “You got what you asked for - now you have to see me on June 17. This time...leave the excuses at home.” 

“I'm glad to know that rematch will happen,” said Kovalev. “I really hope that Andre Ward will get into the ring for this rematch. Fans of boxing will see the real Krusher -- the one they have missed for couple of my last fights. For me this rematch is very important as no other bout in my entire boxing career. Thanks a lot to all boxing fans.”

"After a razor-thin decision last November in their first meeting, the boxing community has been eagerly waiting for a Ward-Kovalev rematch," said Tony Walker, Vice President, HBO Pay-Per-View. "These are two world-class prizefighters who embrace being on the sport's biggest stage. Like Andre and Sergey, we can't wait for June 17th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas." 
 
Ward vs. Kovalev II “No Excuses,” a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight championships, is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions, Krusher Promotions and Corona Extra, and is sponsored by Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. 

Follow the conversation using #WardKovalev. 
 

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The Lomachenko vs. Sosa triple-header airs Saturday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

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