Two-time Olympic Gold medalist and two-division world champion Vasyl Lomachenko looks to make the second defense of his 130-lb. strap as he faces tough-as-nails Jason Sosa in their HBO-televised main event Saturday evening at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
Also on the show, Oleksandr Usyk defends his cruiserweight belt versus Michae Hunter in a battle of unbeaten cruiserweights in the evening's co-feature; and rising light heavyweight contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk risks a future title shot as he faces dangerous divisional trialhorse Yunieski Gonzalez in a scheduled 10-round bout in the opening leg of the televised tripleheader.
Mike "Yes Indeed" Reed enjoyed his first home game in more than two years, doing so in style as he dazzled in a lopsided ten-round decision over Mexico's Reyes Sanchez. Scores were 99-91 across the board for Reed, an unbeaten super lightweight prospect-cum-contender who sold more than 150 tickets and tried his damnest to give his adoring fans a knockout finish. He came dangerously close in round six, solving the awkward and scrappy style of Sanchez (26-9-2, 15KOs) and pummeling away over the final minute of the round. As the knockout never presented itself, Reed (22-0, 12KOs) banked rounds to secure the win.
Jesse Hart preserved his unbeaten record with a 5th round knockout of normally durable Alan Campa. The second-generation boxer - whose father Eugene "Cyclone" Hart was an integral part of the 1970s Philadelphia middleweight scene - was in control all night before battering Campa (16-3, 11KOs) into submission. A flurry in round five was the beginning of the end, as Hart (22-0, 18KOs) capped it with a right uppercut that prompted the stoppage at 1:51 of round five. Afterward, he called out reigning super middleweight titlist Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez, who was seated ringside ahead of his own April 22 title defense versus Max Bursak.
Patrick Harris remained perfect with an eight-round shutout of Omar Garcia (6-7, 1KO). Scores were 80-72 across the board for Harris (11-0, 7KOs), the Barry-Hunter trained lightweight prospect from nearby Hyattsville whose uncle is two-division world champion Lamont Peterson.
Welterweight prospect Egidijus "Mean Machine" Kavaliauskas (16-0, 13KO) scored three knockdowns en route to a 4th round knockout of Ramses Agaton in the evening's curtain raiser. The two-time Olympian from Lithuania - who now lives and trains in Oxnard, California - dropped Agaton (18-6-3, 10KOs) twice in round three and then put him down and out with a perfectly-placed straight right hand to end the fight at 2:58 of round four.