Bill Tibbs writes about exciting Jason Sosa
On August 10, live from the Liacouris Centre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, former world champ Jason Sosa (22-3-4, 15 KO’s) will look to make it three wins in a row as he works his way towards what he hopes will be another another world title shot.
The Sosa fight will be one of the chief support bouts to the main event that sees former world champion, and Irish star, Carl Frampton take on Emmanuel Dominguez. The card, presented by Top Rank Boxing, will be seen live on ESPN.
Sosa is an all-action banger who is rarely in a bad fight and will look to light up the Philly faithful against rugged veteran Haskell Rhodes (27-3-1, 13 KO’s). This fight is essentially a home game for him as Sosa will make a short drive down the turnpike from his home in Camden, New Jersey for the bout.
Sosa was a respectable, but under-rated, 18-1-4 when he beat Javier Fortuna to capture the WBA super featherweight title in June of 2016. He made one successful defence in November of 2016 but lost the title in April of 2017 when, in a very gutsy performance, he was stopped by universally recognized P4P champ Vasyl Lomachenko.
He certainly wasn’t put in soft when he returned in November of that year when he lost a close MD to former world champ Yuriorkis Gambia. However, since then he has put together back to back wins in August of 2018 and January of this year and is looking to make it 3 for 3 when he returns in Philly.
Sosa was initially slated to face undefeated contender Erik DeLeon whose only blemish in 20 fights is a draw with (then) undefeated Andy Vences. However an injury to DeLeon halted that bout so veteran Rhodes was slotted in.
In pre-fight interviews it is clear that it doesn’t matter who Sosa faces, he just wants to keep winning and work his way back to a title shot.
“I was supposed to fight July 19 against Erick De Leon, but he got injured. That doesn’t matter now. I’m ready for Rhodes,” said Sosa. “I couldn’t care less as long as my team prepares me to fight that person I’m scheduled to fight. That’s all I care about”.
Sosa’s exciting give and take style is fun stuff for fight fans but doesn’t always bode well for the longest of careers so he has to make the most of very fight he is in.
Added longtime Philadelphia promoter Russell Peltz, “Haskell Rhodes is far from a tuneup”, he said. “He has a difficult style and he has never been stopped. It’s a hard fight but if Jason wants to be champ again he has to pass this kind of test”.