WBA 130-pound title holder Jason Sosa (19-1-4) believes he’ll ruin the dreams of England’s Stephen Smith (24-2) once again as the two clash for Sosa’s title in Monte Carlo on Saturday November 12th, live on Sky Sports. The New Jersey native makes the first defense of the title he ripped from Javier Fortuna in dramatic fashion in China in June, climbing off the canvas in the fifth round to stop the Dominican in round eleven while trailing on the scorecards.
Prior to defeating Fortuna, Sosa had drawn with rising star Nicholas Walters, and as the 28 year-old aims to continue his impressive recent run, he is yearning for another stoppage win to raise his profile and believes he’s proved he can hang with the elite.
Smith previously failed in an IBF title bid against Jose Pedraza.
“It could come down to a war,” said Sosa. “We’ll see how he comes out and then we will adjust and go from there. We try stay pretty, not just box in your face. We want to go for the stoppage, we want to look impressive and sharp. It’s the first defense so we want to look very good.
“I fought Nicholas Walters, a [former featherweight] world champion and one of the most feared at 126 pounds then I fought Fortuna who had never been stopped and I ended up knocking him out, so I do believe I have fought better competition than Smith.
“We trained for that kind of fight. We knew what he was bringing to the table, it played out how we thought it was going to happen on the day of the fight. It was the first time I fought in a ring that was soft and as soon as we found that out we knew that was Fortuna’s kryptonite, because he likes to run around the ring. I’m more aggressive. It went just as we planned.”
Sosa’s clash with Smith is part of a huge night of action in Monte-Carlo as heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz, makes his European debut against Malik Scott and WBA regular bantamweight champ Jamie McDonnell defends his crown against Liberio Solis.
It’s the fifth defense for McDonnell, the Doncaster ace, who followed his stoppage win over Javier Chacon with a pair of impressive wins over Tomoki Kameda in Texas last year and stopped Fernando Vargas in nine rounds at The O2 in London this April.
Also on the Monte Carlo show, Martin Murray faces a stiff test in the shape of former interim WBA middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov.