Despite long odds – and an even longer plane ride – Camden, New Jersey native Jason Sosa used a lethal left hook to defy the critics and non believers, knocking out world champion Javier Fortuna in round 11 to win the WBA featherweight title at the Capital Gym in Beijing, China.
The betting line was as high as 17-to-1 in favor of the Premier Boxing Champions signee Fortuna before bell time. Sensing a worthwhile long shot, savvy gamblers put a lot of late money on Sosa which dropped the line near 7-to-1 when the fight began.
The fight was so remote that there was no TV broadcast or internet streams for this show which happened at 10 AM Eastern Time. It was the perfect setting for a modern day boxing upset.
Multiple reports suggest that it was a come from behind knockout for Sosa, a fighter who was developed in the Peltz boxing fold. The New Jersey native was knocked to the canvas in round five and was likely down on all scorecards as the fight headed into the championship rounds.
Sources say a late Sosa adjustment turned the tide. Kicking up the intensity, “Canito” knocked Fortuna down in round 10, and then finished the job less than three minutes later, closing the show at the 0:45 mark of round 11.
With the victory Sosa improves to 19-1-4, 15 KOs while the former champ Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna suffers his first career loss, falling to 29-1-1, 21 KOs.
Congrats to Team Sosa, Peltz Boxing and Top Rank Boxing on the outstanding victory on the other side of the globe. This win ends a long losing streak for local fighters competing at the championship level of the sport.
On June 4, 2016 King Gabriel Rosado continued his revival in Los Angeles by winning a close 10 round unanimous decision over Mexico’s Antonio Gutierrez (20-2-1, 9 ko’s) at the StubHub Center .
In typical fashion for the North Philly native, many are saying this bout was a hard-fought war, one where Rosado (23-9, 13 ko’s) had to get off the canvas in round 4 to secure his victory. Final scores were 96-96, 95-94 & 95-94.
This is Rosado’s second straight win with former world champion Fernando Vargas as his trainer. The wins over solid competition are beginning to put the “King’s” cold streak from 2013 – 2015 in the rear view mirror.
Speculation is that this W will get Rosado back on prime TV against a big name. A jump to the 168 pound division has also been mentioned as a possibility.
On June 3, 2016 Peltz & BAM Boxing returned to the 2300 Arena in South Philly for a night that featured some local talent and a couple of outsiders who are looking to make a name fighting in the City of Philadelphia. This show was the follow-up to Peltz & Rogers wildly successful “Hart of the City” boxing collaboration from March of this year. It was a stark contrast of the show considered to be their best event as a team.
The previous promotion was a jam-packed sell out featuring a well-known fighter whose family name has been certified inside of the Philly boxing scene for over 40 years. This task was a much tougher ticket to move as both main event contestants are far from undefeated and are fairly new to the local boxing scene. The under card had a lot of unknown names and low-budget opponents.
To me, it was Go Fight Live (gfl.tv) rental type of night. 8 fights for $14.99 with the option to flip between other channels seemed to be my best bet. I was fresh off of a road trip to Chicago and wanted some rest after enjoying a week full of mob tour buses through the Windy City, architectural boat rides on the Chicago river and a bucket list trip to Wrigley Field to personally witness the hot start Phillies come crashing back down to Earth.
The quantity of action was a pretty good deal for the online stream though I thought overall quality of this card was lacking. The normally reliable broadcast audio was shaky too. There were only a couple of fights that held my attention for the duration of the bout.
The main event between Escondido, California’s Dashon Johnson and DeCarlo Perez of Atlantic City was by far the best fight of the show. This solid bout consisted of two middle of the pack fighters looking to break through to the TV level of the sport.
As many local fight fans know, Johnson was returning to Philadelphia after his Cinderella Man like performance against local contender Jesse Hart in the aforementioned #HOTC event in the spring.
On May 21, 2016 – West Philly native Atif Oberlton cemented his name in the local amateur boxing history books by winning the prestigious 2016 National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Salt Lake City, Utah. With the win, the 17-year-old southpaw becomes the youngest Pennsylvania amateur to ever bring home the national title in his weight class.
In a tournament that consisted of top amateurs from around the country, Atif cleaned out a division of grown men over the course of five days. The tournament concluded with the Shulers Gym representative boxing a 5-0 shut out over the highly regarded Shavere Staton, a 25-year-old from Paterson, New Jersey to win the nations 178 pound championship.
While this is an outstanding achievement, Oberlton’s trainer Eugene “Chip” Hart tells us that they will keep it moving. A couple of top-level professional promoters are now showing interest in signing a fighter we first featured as a rising 15-year-old hopeful looking to make a name in the sport.
While it is nice to be noticed, winning Olympic gold seems to be the long term goal for Team Oberlton. The next stop for this group is the Ringside World Champions tournament which will take place July 27-30 in Independence, MO.
Congrats to Atif and Chip on such a great accomplishment. My research team is still looking to find a younger fighter from anywhere in the country to win the Nationals!
Shout out to “The Conqueror” Jerome Conquest who put in serious roadwork in the month of May in preparation for his upcoming fight on June 3, 2016 at the 2300 Arena. His 36+ miles topped my Nike+ monthly leader board, outpacing some top very recognizable names over the course of 31 days.
The 30-year-old super lightweight from North Philly is “feeling good and been on weight for two weeks” as he goes for his 5th consecutive victory when he takes on fellow Philadelphian Korey Sloane.
Thanks to everyone in my feed who consistently push me to get off my ass and out on the road! Feel free to add me on Nike+ (search Philly Keith or Keith Mc). It is open to everyone. I’ll be giving shouts out at the end of every month to those who out run me.
LOS ANGELES (May 25, 2016) – The B. Riley& Co.7th Annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Boxing Night returned to The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on Wednesday, May 25 for a star-studded night of boxing presented by Golden Boy Promotions to benefit the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation, and their mission to raise funds for research and awareness towards a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, and to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise.
Hosted by actor and comedian Bill Bellamy, guests at the exclusive event were treated to Wolfgang Puck cuisine, and a live & silent auction display featuring iconic memorabilia and other one-of-a-kind items and experiences to benefit this important cause. During the live auction, Usher, who plays Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming Weinstein Company’s Hands of Stone film, joined Sugar Ray Leonard on stage to help auction off tickets to the film’s upcoming premiere and after-party, along with vintage boxing gloves signed by Robert De Niro.
In the evening’s main event, Philadelphia son “No Smilin” Damon Allen, Jr. (10-0, 4 KOs) maintained his undefeated status and gave the crowd a thrilling fight with his third-round technical knockout of Reynosa, Mexico’s Danny Montoya (10-4, 7 KOs). Allen, Jr. kept the pressure on Montoya, wearing him down landing a flurry of punches toward the end of round three.