Jason Sosa

Weightclass: Junior Lightweight

  • 22wins

  • 3losses

  • 4draws

  • 15kos

AGE:
30
Birthplace:
Camden, New Jersey
Height:
5'5"
reach:
67"
Managers:
Raul “Chino” Rivas
Trainers:
Raul “Chino” Rivas

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Jason "El Canito" Sosa

At the age of 30, Jason is a nine-year pro. A former WBA super featherweight world champion, he won the title in June, 2016, and made one successful title defense. In the WBA’s multi-champion system, Jezreel Corrales was the division’s “super” world champion in early 2017 and Jason the “world” champion, and the organization ordered a mandatory fight between Jason and Corrales at that time. Jason was already contracted at the time, though, to challenge WBO champion Vasiliy Lomachenko on April 8 and the was stripped of the title.

Jason got a late start in boxing and had very little amateur experience, but has had some impressive success. He has an aggressive, all-action style and makes exciting fights – he also has good punching power and has scored some devastating knockout wins.

In his last fight on January 18 in Verona, New York, he won a 10-round unanimous decision against Moises Delgadillo.

Boxingscene.com’s Jake Donovan reported [excerpts]: Jason Sosa survived a 10-round war with Moises Degladillo to take a hard-fought unanimous decision.

Scores were 97-91 (twice) and 96-92 in their super featherweight clash, with both fighters hitting the canvas. Sosa suffered a flash knockdown in round two, giving Delgadillo all sorts of confidence as the two traded on the inside throughout the first half.

Sosa pulled away in the final four rounds, beginning with a 7th round knockdown courtesy of a right hand and left hookercut forcing Delgadillo to a knee. Action slowed down the stretch, but deservedly so as both fighters made their presence felt throughout the bout. [End Donovan item]

In his post-fight interview, Jason said, “I came from behind in this fight. He surprised me and knocked me down with a good punch, but I recovered and then I managed to knock him down and take control of the fight. I did not have any amateur fights, so I’m still learning a lot with each fight.”

Jason is experienced against top opposition and has fought world champions Nicolas Walters (D10), Javier Fortuna (TKO11), Vasiliy Lomachenko (TKOby9), and Yuriorkis Gamboa (L10).

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Jason said, “I was born and raised in Camden, New Jersey. I have two sisters, one brother. My parents were born in Puerto Rico, and half of my family still lives in Yabucoa. Yabucoa is one of the few towns that got hit pretty hard by the hurricane, but everything’s okay now. My family there, they’re doing well. I was raised by my mom – she’s been my dad and my mom her whole life. I’m the only boxer in the family.

“I started boxing when I was just turning 21. I always wanted to do boxing since I was a kid, but I was always doing so many other sports like basketball, football, and I never had a chance to try it out. So, one day just out of the blue, I just got this strong feeling to go to the gym. And ever since I went to the gym, I never left.

“I only had three amateur fights. I won one and I lost two, then I turned pro.

“I’m naturally right-handed. I have two boys. Chace Sosa is seven years old – his birthday is March 10, 2011 – and Jason Sosa Jr. is one now. His birthday is September 26, 2016.”…

 

STRENGTHS: Has an aggressive style and good punching power…has good skills and movement…a good body puncher…physically strong, tough and determined…is experienced against top opposition…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 29 fights…152 total rounds…32 world championship rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 5.2 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: of total fights – 52 %…of wins – 68 %…

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 1 (1-0)…11 rounds – 1 (1-0)…10 rounds – 3 (2-0-1)…

fight history

  • 2019

    In his last fight on 1-18-19 in Verona, NY, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Moises Delgadillo (17-18-2): the bout was on the undercard of the Oscar Rivas vs. Bryant Jennings main event, and it was a good, close fight; Delgadillo started fast – he bloodied Jason’s nose in the 1st round and scored a knockdown with a left hook when Jason’s gloves touched the canvas in the 2nd; Jason stepped up his pace in the following rounds, landed the harder punches, and scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 7th round; Jason finished the fight strongly and won by scores of 97-91, 97-91, 96-92…

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  • 2017

    On 8-18-18 in Atlantic City, NJ, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Reynaldo Blanco (14-4): the bout was on the undercard of the Bryant Jennings vs. Alexander Dimentrenko main event, and it was fast-paced and exciting; both gave tremendous efforts and the momentum shifted back and forth – both had rallies and both were rocked repeatedly; Blanco was penalized one point for holding in the 4th round; Jason scored two knockdowns in the 8th round – the first with a left hook to the head, the second with a left hook to the body – and won by scores of 79-69, 78-70, 77-72…

    On 11-25-17 in New York, NY, he lost a 10 round majority decision against former WBA and IBF featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (27-2): the bout was one of the co-features with the Sergey Kovalev vs. Vyacheslav Shabranskyy main event, and Gamboa took the fight on short notice; it was a good fight, but ended with a controversial decision; the early rounds were close, and Gamboa was cut over his right eye in the 2nd round; Gamboa rallied in the middle rounds, but Jason scored a knockdown with a left hook when Gamboa’s glove touched the canvas in the 7th round; Jason finished the fight strongly – he landed the harder punches, and Gamboa was penalized one point for holding in the 10th round; many observers thought Jason deserved to win and the crowd booed the announcement of the decision, but the judges scored 96-92, 95-93, 94-94…

    WBO JL WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE – on 4-8-17 in Oxon Hill, MD, he lost by TKO (9th round) against left-handed defending champion Vasiliy Lomachenko (7-1): the bout headlined at MGM National Harbor, and Lomachenko dominated the fight; he kept Jason off-balance with lateral movement, consistently out-boxed and out-worked him, and landed the harder punches; Jason gave a determined effort and landed a few right hands, but could not build any momentum; Lomachenko rocked him with a series of punches in the 5th round, then staggered him with a series of punches in 7th; the fight became more one-sided as the rounds progressed, and Sosa’s corner stopped the fight after the 9th round; after eight rounds, Lomachenko led by scores of 89-82, 89-82, 90-81…

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  • 2016

    1ST WBA SF WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 11-12-16 in Monte Carlo, MON, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against Stephen Smith (24-2): the bout was one of the co-main events at Salle des Étoiles, and it was fast-paced and exciting; Jason started fast – he scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 2nd round, although video replays showed that it was really a punch-trip, and Smith was cut over his right eye late in the 3rd; Jason built an early lead and after six rounds, led by scores of 59-54 on all three scorecards; the momentum shifted back and forth in the middle rounds and there were some tremendous exchanges; Jason finished the fight strongly – he won the 10th round on two scorecards and swept the 11th on all three – and won by scores of 116-112, 116-111, 117-110…

    WON WBA SF WORLD TITLE – on 6-24-16 in Beijing, CHI, he won by TKO (11th round) against previously undefeated left-handed defending champion Javier Fortuna (29-0-1): the bout headlined at Capital Gym – it was a good fight, and ended with a come-from-behind knockout win for Jason; Jason pressed forward and swept the 1st round on all three scorecards, but Fortuna rallied in the following rounds – he out-boxed and out-worked Jason and swept the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, then scored a knockdown with a left hand for a 10-8 sweep in the 6th round – after six rounds, Fortuna led by scores of 59-54, 59-54, 58-55; Fortuna continued to out-box Jason in the middle rounds, but Jason gradually wore him down; he staggered Fortuna with a left hook in the 10th round, then scored a knockdown with a series of punches moments later – Fortuna got up, but Jason rocked him with another series of punches and Fortuna was penalized one point for dropping his mouthpiece; Jason scored a devastating knockdown with a left hook-right hand-left hook combination early in the 11th round – Fortuna got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:45; after 10 rounds, Fortuna led by scores of 94-93, 95-92, 96-91…

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