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SOSA WINS WORLD TITLE WITH TKO

Camden slugger Jason Sosa scored a major upset against Javier Fortuna to win the WBA jr. lightweight world title, Friday in Beijing, China. The bout was not televised in the USA. However, descriptions of the fight paint a thrilling picture of Sosa's title-winning performance. Then-undefeated Fortuna dropped Sosa in round five and was leading on the cards before the fight turned, beginning in round ten. Sosa was closing the scoring gap, but needed to seize his opportunity before it slipped away. Sosa put the champion on the canvas in the tenth, but Fortuna survived the attack. In the eleventh, Sosa picked up where he had left off. He pressed the champion and put him down again. Fortuna got up, but was in no condition to continue. Referee Raul Caiz, Jr. halted the bout at :45, making Jason Sosa the new world champion. It was a major accomplishment for Sosa and his tighter-than-tight Team. Congratulations Jason Sosa!

   

 
                 
 

   

CHANDLER TO ENTER PHILLY SPORTS HALL

The Philly Sports Hall of Fame announced their Induction Class of 2016 at a press conference at the City Line Hilton in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Included in the group of honorees is former WBA bantamweight champion Joltin' Jeff Chandler. Chandler, 59, attended the press conference.

"My whole career, I wanted to stay undefeated," Chandler said. "I did the best I could. My record was 33-2-2. But when my career ended, I wasn't finished yet. I had to stop because I started to have problems with my eyes, cataracts and things like that. I still had more to do, but I had to stop. I'd like to still be fighting today." 

Joining Chandler in the Class of 2016 are Brian Dawkins... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

SOSA NEEDS TO PROVE HE'S NO FLUKE

Heading into his December bout with the well-regarded Nicholas Walters, Camden, NJ’s Jason Sosa was given no chance of winning and just a slightly better chance of being around to hear the final bell. However, Sosa surprised everyone that night when he left the ring with a 10-round majority draw against one of boxing’s top fighters.

The decision was disputed by many, but Sosa’s performance appeared to send the message that the little-known battler belonged in the conversation when it came to the best 130-pounders. However, backlash from that questionable decision (everyone had Walters ahead except the judges) has once again given Sosa the burden of proof to show that his sudden rise in the... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

SOSA HEADS TO CHINA FOR FIRST
WORLD TITLE SHOT AGAINST FORTUNA

Before catching his flight to Beijing, China, junior lightweight title challenger Jason Sosa, 18-1-4, 14 KOs, held one last stateside workout at the Victory Boxing & Fitness Gym in Cherry Hill, NJ on Wednesday. 

Sosa takes on WBA champion Javier Fortuna, 29-0-1, 21 KOs, at the Capital Gym, next Friday, June 24th. The fight will be telecast on Chinese TV, but will not be aired in the USA.             (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

UNDEFEATED PHILLY ROOKIES EXTEND WINNING STREAKS

By Ken Hissner

Three of Philly’s top prospects, Jaron Ennis, Darmani Rock and Joshua Jones, all rookies, fought Saturday night, and all three extended their undefeated winning streaks.

Welterweight Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 3-0 (3 KOs), scored his third consecutive first round stoppage, with a KO of Deshawn Debose, 0-5, Milwaukee, WI. The fight at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA lasted just 20 seconds.   (MORE)

   

 

 
                 
       

WEBSTER WINS
IN BRISTOL

By Ken Hissner

Super middleweight southpaw Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster, 20-1 (10 KO), Glassboro, NJ, won an easy 6 round decision Saturday night over tough Linwood Dozier, 9-11-2 (4 KO), in the main event at the Grundy Arena in Bristol, PA.

The card was a pro-amateur show, with four professional and four amateur bouts, and was the professional debut of  Doc Nowicki’s DandD Promotions. Nowicki, together with his partner, Dave Price, manage both Webster and Elijah Vines, who were on the this card, as well as super middleweight contender... (MORE)

   



 
                 
       

KNOCKDOWNS PROPEL JOHNSON OVER PEREZ

Dashon "Fly Boy" Johnson came back to Philadelphia Friday night and left another good impression on local fight fans with an active and entertaining 8-round unanimous decision over DeCarlo Perez at the 2300 Arena in South Philly. It was a close and competitive battle. However, Johnson's bookend knockdowns, one in the first and one in the eighth, gave him the edge he needed to secure the win.

After giving Jesse Hart a hard time in March, Escondido, CA's Johnson returned east to turn his attention to Atlantic City's DeCarlo Perez. Things got started at prematurely at Thursday's weigh-in when a photo op between... (MORE)

   






 

 
                 
 
 
   

WEBSTER RETURNS SATURDAY

Philadelphia’s summer boxing season kicks off Friday night in South Philly at the 2300 Arena with an interesting main event between Atlantic City’s DeCarlo Perez and Californian Dashon Johnson. The 10-round above-the-limit middleweight contest pairs two boxers familiar to local fight fans.

Super middleweight Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster, 19-1, 10 KOs, Glassboro, NJ, returns to the ring Saturday night in a scheduled six rounder against Maryland journeyman Lenwood Dozier, 9-10-2, 4 KOs. The fight is the main event at the Grundy Arena in Bristol, PA, and will be Webster’s first appearance since suffering his first pro loss nearly one year ago. (MORE)

   


















 
 
                 
       

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