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Kelly Pavlik stopped to chat about his new podcast, called “THE PUNCHLINE“, and who he’d target if he was still boxing.

 

Pavlik was attending the historical first fight card at MGM National Harbor, featuring Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jason Sosa.

 

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I caught up with Tevin Farmer at MGM National Harbor during the Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jason Sosa fight card.

 

Tevin talks about what he would do next if he ran the show, and how he overcame losses earlier in his career.

 

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Things got hot at the Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jason Sosa title fight last night at MGM National Harbor.

 

Two top fighters in boxing’s 130 pound division crossed paths and the results were explosive!

 

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Keep tuned in leading up to tonight’s Top Rank boxing card on HBO. The triple-header begins at 10:00pm. We’ll keep you posted on undercard action until then, and the televised fights afterwards here at TheFightJournal.com.

 

Notable attendees I’ve seen so far are US Olympian Shakur Stevenson, who makes his pro debut later this month, former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik, heavyweight hopeful Amir Mansour, Gervonta Davis, and Tevin Farmer, a Philadelphia boxer with interest in tonight’s main event winner.

 

HBO Televised Card

Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko defended his WBO World super featherweight title by defeating Camden, New Jersey’s Jason Sosa via corner stoppage at the end of nine rounds.

Sosa landed his fair share of shots against Lomachenko and won the first round on my card. It was not enough, however, as Lomachnko fought with footwork and hand speed not yet seen in this universe.

Sosa, already experiencing possible weight troubles, ran out of gas as the pack was too much to handle on this night.

No shame for Sosa who stepped up when others stepped aside. Lomachenko vows to try to get fights with every champion at 130. If he fails, he’s moving up to 135 and mentioned fighting Mikey Garcia in a dream fight.

LOMACHENKO_V_SOSA

 

Oleksandr Gvozdyk, 13-0 (11 KOs) took Yunieski Gonzalez, 18-3 (14 KOs) out early in this lopsided affair three one sided rounds. Gonzalez never got started, as Gvozdyk dominated from the start, leading to a knockdown in round three.  He continued to batter Gonzalez until his corner did what referee Harvey Dock should’ve done earlier- they waved the fight off to save a seriously beaten Gonzalez.

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WBO Cruiserweight champion Aleksandr Usyk retained his title with unanimous decision over Michael Hunter to open the HBO telecast.  Usyk started out fast, but Hunter had plenty of answers early.

Hunter fights an awkward style, similar to John Thompson of  ESPN Boxino fame.  Hunter was hurt several times and was hit with every shot in the book, but kept going.  This fight had plenty of action and shots landed by both fighters.

Referee Bill Clancy might want to change his name to Steve Smoger III as he  could’ve stopped the fight on numerous occasion.  However, he allowed Hunter every possible opportunity to recover.  All three judges scored it 117-110.

Usyk is now 12-0, 11 KO’s while Hunter loses for the first time and he is 12-1, eight KO’s.

 

Early undercard results

Hometown fighter (Waldorf, Maryland) Michael “Yes Indeed” Reed won a ten-round unanimous round over tough-as-nails Reyes Sanchez. Reed threw everything but the bathroom sink, including the Manny Pacquiao (also of Top Rank’s stable) ‘slide’ left hand.  Sanchez however would not go away.

Reed didn’t have the power to put Sanchez away, but his quickness was too much for the taller fighter. landed solid shodts to the body throughout the contest and mixed in some straight left hands from distance.

Reed raises his record to 22-0, 12 KOs.  Sanchez drops to 26-10-2.

 

Philadelphia’s Jesse “Hard Work” Hart won the NABO and USBA title with a crushing uppercut in the fifth round to stop Alan Campa.  Hart had little trouble setting Campa up for his money shot.  With the win, Hart will most certainly be looking for a World title shot sometime in 2017.  Hart remains undefeated and moves to 22-0, (18 KOs).    Campa drops to 16-3, (11 KOs).

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Local fighter Patrick Harris won an eight-round decision over durable Omar Garcia.  Plenty of back-and-forth action between the fighters as the more talented Harris landed solid shots, while Garcia played the catch-and-counter game all night.  All three judges saw it the same, however, at 80-72 for Harris.  Harris moves to 11-0, 7 KOs.

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In the opening bout, Egidijus Kavaliauskas, (16-0, 13 KOs), opened the doors of the new MGM Nationa Harbor by knocking out Ramses Agaton, (17-3-3, 9 KOs) in the fourth round.

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Main Event

Vasyl Lomachenko 129.6

Jason Sosa 130 (Sosa cane in at 130.4, then 130.2 prior to making weight)


WBO World Cruiserweight Title Fight

Oleksandr Usyk (11-0, 10 KOs) – 199.4

Mike Hunter (12-0, 8 KOs) – 198.0 


Oleksander Gvozdyk (12-0, 10 KOs) – 174.2

Yunieski Gonzalez (18-2, 14 KOs) – 174.8

Undercard Weights

Mike Reed 141.2 vs Reyes Sanchez 141.4


Jesse Hart 168.0 vs Alan Campa 165.6


Egidijus Kavaliausks 148.2 vs Ramses Agaton 147.0

Patrick Harris 136.0 vs Omar Garcia 136.6

Promoter: Top Rank

Venue: MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland

TV: HBO

Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko weighed in at 129.6 pounds for his WBO World title defense Saturday night against Camden, New Jersey’s Jason Sosa at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland.

 
Sosa initially came in at 130.4 pounds. He stripped down and weighed in at 130.2 pounds in his second attempt.
He has a couple of hours to weigh in again. If he fails to make weight, he won’t be eligible to win “Loma’s” belt.

 

The championship bout is part of an HBO tripleheader this Saturday. It will be the first ever card at MGM National Harbor.

          WBO World cruiserweight title

Oleksandr Usyk (11-0, 10 KOs), 199.4 pounds. 

Michael Hunter (12-0, 8 KOs), 198 pounds. 

               Opening bout

Oleksandr Gvozdyk (12-0, 10 KOs), 174.2 pounds.  

Yunieski Gonzalez (18-2, 14 KOs),  174.8 pounds. 

Undefeated champions and 2012 Ukrainian Olympic medalists VASYL LOMACHENKO, ALEKSANDR USYK and OLEKSANDR GVOZDYK hosted a Media Workout at World Boxing Gymnasium in Oxnard, Calif. on Wednesday.   All three are in deep training for their title defenses, which will take place Saturday, April 8, at The Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD.  The event has been sold out for weeks.  Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Peltz Boxing Promotions, K2 Promotions, K2 Promotions Ukraine, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Kiddar, the three title fights will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Lomachenko, Usyk and Gvozdyk were joined at their media workout by two-time Lithuanian Olympian “Mean Machine” Egidijus Kavaliauskas, who will be on the April 8 non-televised undercard in a six-round welterweight bout.

Lomachenko (7-1, 5 KOs), of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukraine, arguably boxing’s top pound for pound fighter, makes his 2017 debut coming off a year that saw him named “Fighter of the Year” by several media outlets.  Already a two-division world champion and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, Lomachenko will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight world title against former World Boxing Association (WBA) super featherweight world champion JASON “El Canito” SOSA (20-1-4, 15 KOs), from Newark, NJ.  Usyk (11-0, 10 KOs), from Kiev, Ukraine, and a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, will be defending his WBO cruiserweight world title against Top-10 contender MIKE HUNTER (12-0, 8 KOs), from Las Vegas, Nev.  Gvozdyk (12-0, 10 KOs), from Kharkiv, Ukraine, a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, enters this fight having won 10 of his last 12 fights by knockout.  He will be defending his NABF light heavyweight title against YUNIESKY GONZALEZ (18-2, 14 KOs), a native of Pinar del Rio, Cuba, who lives and trains in Miami, Fla.

Here are the fighters’ quotes:

Vasyl Lomachenko

“Jason Sosa is very strong, is motivated, wants to win and he can fight all of the twelve rounds.  It will be a hard fight.  That I know.

“My Top-Three pound for pound list is GGG, Kovalev and Crawford.  I don’t want to be Number One until I deserve it.  That means fighting and winning against two or three world champions.  After that I may be Number One but for sure not now.

“I like the weight division I am in.  I have no problems making weight.  I am not that anxious to leave my division and not sure I will ever fight at 140.  It’s hard to look ahead but right now I am comfortable in my division where I have plenty of champions to fight against.”

Oleksandr Gvozdyk

“I am going into a serious fight against Yuniesky Gonzalez.  He is strong, experienced, puts pressure on you, tries to drive you into the ropes.  He’s a tough guy and I have to deal with him.  I work hard every single day trying to be the best in my division.”

Alexsandr Usyk

“I have watched video of Michael Hunter and have a good idea of what he is all about.  It’s going to be a great fight.  As an amateur I was trained by the best – Anatoly Lomachenko – just look at who he has produced as great professional fighters.”

“Mean Machine” Egidijus Kavaliauskas

“I do get real mean the moment I leave the locker room, walk up the ring steps and get onto the canvas.  And this is going to a big year for me.  I am getting closer to my goal, a world title fight.”

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The HBO special 2 Days: Vasyl Lomachenko premieres This Saturday, March 25 at 12:10 a.m. (ET/PT) on HBO immediately following the replay of the two titles fights from Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

In addition to Kavaliauskas, the non-televised undercard will feature undefeated No. 1 super middleweight contender JESSE “Hard Work” HART from Philadelphia, PA., and local favorites from the metro Washington, D.C. area, including undefeated prospects MIKE “Yes Indeed” REED and PATRICK HARRIS in separate bouts.

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OLEKSANDR USYK VS. MIKE HUNTER
AND

OLEKSANDR GVOZDYK VS. 

YUNIESKY GONZALEZ
TITLE FIGHTS ADDED TO LOMACHENKO – SOSA 
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT!
Saturday, April 8
The Theater at MGM National Harbor

Live on HBO World Championship Boxing®

New York, February 23, 2017- The VASYL LOMACHENKO – JASON “El Canito” SOSA junior lightweight world championship event has become an embarrassment of Ukrainian riches with the addition of two title fights.  Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO)cruiserweight world champion and Olympic gold medalist OLEKSANDR USYK and NABF light heavyweight champion and Olympic bronze medalist OLEKSANDR GVOZDYK will be defending their titles against MIKE HUNTER and YUNIESKYI GONZALEZ, respectively, in all-action co-main event battles, Saturday, April 8, at The Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD.  The Lomachenko, Usyk and Gvozdyk championship Ukrainian tripleheader will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

            The six televised championship fighters boast a combined record of 80-4-4 (62 KOs), good for a winning percentage of 91% with over 3/4 of those victories coming by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Peltz Boxing Promotions, K2 Promotions, K2 Promotions Ukraine and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing®,  remaining tickets for the Lomachenko-Sosa world championship event are priced at $153, $128, $103, $78 and $53, including all applicable service charges and taxes. They can be purchased online mgmnationalharbor.com or ticketmaster.com. For more tour and ticket information, visit mgmnationalharbor.com or call (844) 346-4664.

            “I’m very happy to fight on the same card with Vasyl Lomachenko and Oleksandr Gvozdyk, this is something we’ve been talking about since we were amateurs — to have three members of the 2012 Ukrainian Olympic Team in the same event,” said Usyk.  “It’s fantastic to be able to do this.  I would like to thank my promoters Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, Alexander Krassyuk and Tom Loeffler from K2 Promotions along with my manager Egis Klimas and HBO, and also Bob Arum and Top Rank for adding me to this show.  Michael Hunter is a tough, undefeated opponent and I’m certain that this will be a great show for the fans in attendance and those watching on HBO.”

            “I’m excited for this fight because I asked for it. If I don’t knock him out, I’ll be surprised,” said Hunter.

            “I’m happy to know the name of my next opponent.  He is a strong fighter and a new challenge for me,” said Gvozdyk.  “Thanks to Top Rank and HBO to making this happen.

            “I’m very happy to be back on HBO thanks to Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, and my management team,” said Gonzalez.  “I’m training hard at Mundo Boxing Gym and I’m going to be ready to win this fight”

            “Top Rank is very proud to present these two compelling co-main event championship fights featuring Oleksandr Usyk, with K2 Promotions, and Oleksandr Gvozdyk,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.  “In a historic first, HBO World Championship Boxing will present three title fights, featuring three Ukrainian champions defending their titles, and within eyesight of the Nation’s Capital.”

            “We’re very excited to bring Oleksandr back to the United States and for this world title defense to be telecast on HBO,” said Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions. “Both Oleksandr and Michael Hunter were 2012 Olympians who are undefeated as professionals.  This is the second cruiserweight world title fight HBO has telecast recently and we’re honored to work with Peter Nelson and HBO on showcasing this division.  Not since the epic battle between James Toney and Vasily Jirov in 2003 has the cruiserweight division been showcased on HBO and we’re very proud to present fans entertaining fights in this weight class.”

            “We are very grateful to our partner and close friend Peter Nelson for giving the U.S. fans such an opportunity to watch this upcoming star, Oleksandr Usyk, live on HBO.  It will be a unique event in the history of Ukraine when three Ukrainian boxers battle on the same HBO fight card,” said Alexander Krassyuk of K2 Promotions Ukraine.  “Oleksandr Usyk is an absolutely extraordinary boxer.  We expect a spectacular show and of course a flawless victory against the undefeated contender Michael Hunter.  The whole country of Ukraine is looking forward to watching this event live.”

            “I’m very happy and thankful to K2 Promotions and Top Rank along with HBO to be able to present Lomachenko, Usyk and Gvozdyk on one special night,” said Egis Klimas, manager of Usyk.

            “So happy and thankful to our promoter Top Rank and HBO for bringing Gvozdyk back in the ring on April 8th,” added Klimas, who also manages Gvozdyk.  “In his last fight, on HBO Pay-Per-View when he fought Isaac Chilemba, Gvozdyk proved he was a quality fighter who belongs on TV battling the best fighters in the light heavyweight division.  Gonzalez is a good fighter, fans will see good show and Gvozdyk will be able to show everyone his world-class skills.”

            “I am looking forward to April 8 and this exciting HBO show,” said Joe DeGuardia, promoter for Gonzalez.  “Yuniesky Gonzalez once again will be stepping into the ring with a world class and very dangerous light heavyweight in Gvozdvk.  However, Yuniesky is one tough, fan-friendly fighter and, with his new trainer Pedro Diaz, he is a very confident.  Yuniesky will be appearing for the third time on the HBO network and you can be sure that everyone will be in for one heck of a fight”.

            Usyk (11-0, 10 KOs), from Kiev, Ukraine, and a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, captured the WBO cruiserweight world title in his 10th professional bout, a division record for winning a world title in the fewest fights.  Usyk dethroned Krzysztof Glowacki via unanimous decision on September 17, 2016, ending the undefeated defending champion’s two-year reign.  In his last fight, on December 17, Usky made his U.S. and HBO debut, successfully defending his title by knocking out world-rated contender Thabiso Mchunu in the ninth round.  Considered the class of the division, Usyk trains in Oxnard, Calif. under the tutelage of Anatoly Lomachenko, father/trainer of Vasyl Lomachenko.

            Hunter (12-0, 8 KOs), of Las Vegas, Nev. and a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, has won five of his last seven bouts inside the distance.  He scored a career-best victory in his last fight, on May 13, 2016, winning a 10-round unanimous decision over the previously undefeated Isiah Thomas to capture the NABO cruiserweight title.  Hunter is currently world-rated No. 9 by the WBO

            Gvozdyk (12-0, 10 KOs), from Kharkiv, Ukraine, enters this fight having won 10 of his last 12 fights by knockout, including all three of his NABF light heavyweight title fights.  A bronze medalist at the 2012 Olympics, Gvozdyk captured the vacant NABF title with a second-round knockout of Nadjib Mohammedi on April 9, 2016.  He successfully defended that title twice last year scoring a sixth-round TKO of Thomas Karpency on June 23 and an eighth-round stoppage of Izek Chilemba on November 19.  He enters this fight world-rated No. 6 by the WBO and the World Boxing Council (WBC), and, No. 7 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF).

            Gonzalez (18-2, 14 KOs), a native of Pinar del Rio, Cuba, who lives and trains in Miami, Fla. with Pedro Diaz, has collected his last nine victories by way of knockout.   His only blemishes are a very disputed decision loss to former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and a majority decision loss to Vyacheslav Shabransky in 2015.  Last year Gonzalez won both his fights by stoppage.

            The non-televised undercard will feature undefeated No. 1 super middleweight contender JESSE “Hard Work” HART from Philadelphia, PA., and local favorites from the metro Washington, D.C. area, including undefeated prospects MIKE “Yes Indeed” REED and PATRICK HARRIS in separate bouts.  Full details on the undercard will be announced at a later date.

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