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Jason Sosa eager to stop Stephen Smith

Sosa (right) tags Nicholas Walters with a right hand. Photo: Naoki Fukuda

American junior lightweight Jason Sosa is convinced that he’ll have too much for Stephen Smith when the pair clash in Monte Carlo on Saturday.

The New Jersey native, who is rated No. 10 by THE RING at 130 pounds, picked himself up off the canvas to score a sensational 11th-round stoppage victory over Javier Fortuna in June and is looking to put on yet another exciting display.

“It could come down to a war,” said Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs) in a press release issued by Matchroom Boxing. “We’ll see how he comes out and then we will adjust and go from there. We want to go for the stoppage. We want to look impressive and sharp.

“I fought Nicholas Walters (to a 10-round majority draw), a world champion and one of the most feared at 126 pounds. I fought Fortuna who had never been stopped (and) I ended up knocking him out.

Smith (24-2, 14 KOs), from Liverpool, England, lost a 12-round unanimous decision to IBF junior lightweight titleholder Jose Pedraza in April but returned six weeks later to halt Daniel Eduardo Brizuela in seven.

Editor’s Note: Sosa will defend a version of the WBA junior lightweight title that is unrecognized by THE RING. Jezreel Corrales is the WBA titleholder at 130 pounds.

Also in Monte Carlo, heavyweight Luis Ortiz will make his European debut against Malik Scott, THE RING No. 1 at bantamweight Jamie McDonnell meets Liberio Solis and Martin Murray faces Dmitry Chudinov at super middleweight.


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Tom Gray is a UK Correspondent/ Editor for and a member of THE RING ratings panel. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing


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