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Jason Sosa upsets Javier Fortuna in Beijing

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Jason Sosa traveled to Beijing as a significant underdog with his lone significant fight being a draw against a former featherweight titlist. He’ll be leaving with Javier Fortuna’s “zero” notched on his belt and a name of his own.

The 28-year-old Sosa stopped the previously unbeaten Fortuna 45 seconds into the 11th round at the Capital Gym in Beijing, China on Friday night.

Sosa (19-1-4, 15 knockouts) of Camden, New Jersey, stalked Fortuna (29-1-1, 21 KOs) to the ropes, where he landed a left hook and winging right hand combo, followed by a cuffing left hook as Fortuna slumped to the floor.

Fortuna, THE RING’s No.7 rated junior lightweight, rose on unsteady legs, prompting referee Raul Caiz Jr. to halt the fight.

The win earns Sosa the WBA’s second-tier title at 130 pounds, a distinction unrecognized by THE RING. The “full” title is currently held by Jezreel Corrales, the Panamanian upstart who ended Takashi Uchiyami’s long reign with an upset second round stoppage in April.

Sosa, who built his career on the club circuit in Philadelphia and Atlantic City, was unknown on the world scene prior to his draw against ex-WBA featherweight titleholder Nicholas Walters in December. He entered Friday’s fight unranked by THE RING.

Fortuna, 26, of La Romana, Dominican Republic had only one previous blemish on his record, a draw against Luis Franco in 2013.

The show was promoted by Chinese promoter Max Power Promotions, in association with Sampson Lewkowicz.




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