Lomachenko vs. Sosa, Gvozdyk vs. Gonzalez
& Usyk vs. Hunter Tripleheader Set For April 8
HBO Sports visits Maryland for the first time since 1979
when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: VASYL LOMACHENKO VS. JASON
SOSA AND OLEKSANDR GVOZDYK VS. YUNIESKY GONZALEZ AND
ALEKSANDR USYK VS. MIKE HUNTER is seen SATURDAY, APRIL 8 at
10:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from The Theater at MGM
National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md., exclusively on HBO. The
HBO Sports team will call the action, which will be
available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired
and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
Other HBO playdates: April 9 (8:45 a.m.) and April 11 (12:35
HBO2 playdate: April 10 (1:05 a.m.)
The fights will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On
Demand and affiliate portals.
In a junior lightweight title fight, rising sensation Vasyl
Lomachenko (7-1, 5 KOs), of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukraine,
puts his crown on the line against Jason Sosa (20-1-4, 15
KOs), from Camden, NJ, in a scheduled 12-round contest.
Named 2016 fighter of the year by several media outlets, the
multi-talented Lomachenko is a two-time Olympic gold
medalist who has become a two-division world champion after
just a handful of pro fights.
Known for his punching power and aggressive style, Sosa is
on a five-year, 20-bout unbeaten streak, amassing a 70%
knockout-to-win ratio along the way. With more professional
ring experience, Sosa looks to derail Lomachenko’s momentum
in the 130-pound division.
The middle bout is a ten-round light heavyweight fight that
pits Oleksandr Gvozdyk (12-0, 10 KOs) from Kharkiv, Ukraine,
against Yuniesky Gonzalez (18-2, 14 KOs), a native of Pinar
del Rio, Cuba, who now lives in Miami. Gvozdyk captured the
bronze medal as a member of the 2012 Olympic team, which
also included the other two Ukrainian fighters on the
evening’s card. Gonzalez also has a rich amateur background,
with more than 300 fights in his native Cuba, a hotbed of
amateur boxing stars. Both men look to make a major
impression in the talented 175-pound division.
Undefeated fighters vie for a cruiserweight title in the
opening bout, as Aleksandr Usyk (11-0, 10 KOs) from Kiev,
Ukraine, makes his second HBO appearance for a 12-round tilt
with Mike Hunter (12-0, 8 KOs). Usyk, a 2012 Olympic gold
medalist, trains in Onxard, Cal. Hunter hails from Las Vegas
and was a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.