Advertisement
Advertisement

Edgar Sosa Destroys Ikehara; Roman Upsets Jardon

By Jake Donovan

Edgar Sosa remains in the hunt for another shot at the flyweight title after a systematic beatdown of Shigetaki Ikehara . Eight rounds of brutality finally came to a halt mere seconds into the 9th round of their Televisa-televised headliner in Leon, Mexico.

The fight was one-sided all the way through, as Sosa fought like a man on the mission from the moment he left his stool to begin the fight. The mission is in fact another crack at a major title, after having fallen short against then-World flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam last October. 

Ikehara was forced to feel the brunt of his pain and frustration. Sosa was relentless in his attack, battering the visiting Japanese flyweight round after round, most of which was spent with Ikehara's back against the ropes while burying his head in a defensive shell.

Sosa nearly ended matters in the fifth round, unloading with power shots and at one point forcing Ikehara to double over with a brutal body attack. More of the same followed in the ensuing rounds, with the bout dangerously close to being stopped at several points in rounds seven and eight.

Ikehara was being worked on by his cornermen prior to round nine when he was paid a visit by the referee, who warned the fringe contender to fight back or run the risk of a mercy stoppage.

Given the language barrier, it's entirely possible that Ikehara had no clue what was being told to him by the third man. However, body language is universal and the referee saw a beaten fighter stagger off of his stool at the start of the ninth, wisely intervening without a single punch being thrown in the round.

The official verdict is a ninth round stoppage.

Sosa improves to 46-7 (28KO) with the win, his third straight. The 'silver' title at stake means he remains in line for a crack at newly crowned lineal champion Toshiyuki Igarashi, who won the crown with a hard-fought split decision over Sonny Boy Jaro earlier this month in Japan.

Unlike his countryman, life isn't so grand at the moment for Ikehara, who suffered a career-altering beating in this fight. The 30-year old heads home having now lost two straight, as he falls to 22-4-2 (18KO). The bout was his first outside of his native Japan, though figures to be his last fight for quite a while, if ever again.

In the televised co-feature, battle-tested journeyman Miguel 'Mickey' Roman scored a minor upset in taking a split decision over free-swinging Dante 'Crazy' Jardon in their 10-round bout.

The assignment was a bit of overly optimistic matchmaking for Jardon, who always makes for great theater but has appeared limited when a knockout doesn't immediately present itself. Roman is a normally durable featherweight, though the sight of being flattened by lightweight titlist Antonio DeMarco earlier this year might have created the perception that he is more vulnerable than is actually the case.

What wasn't taken into consideration was the fact that Roman had no business fighting at lightweight. Against Jardon, he was the much bigger man and made that statement throughout the fight. Jardon held his own and made his presence felt on more than one occasion, but was also backing up more than at any other point in his career. 

The action was close throughout, but Roman was the aggressor and the rightful winner in a fight that probably could have went either way. No official scores were announced, other than that it was a split decision.

Naturally, Jardon took issue with the decision, demanding a rematch during the post-fight interview. The question was repeatedly posed to Roman, to the point where a fight nearly broke out after the fight before both camps were quickly separated.

Roman ends a two-fight skid as he improves to 38-10 (27KO). Jardon has now dropped two of his last three as he falls to 20-3 (18KO).

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by monkey skeleton on 07-29-2012

[QUOTE=commodus;12382069]your gimmick is based on boxers none care about. don't try to troll me bro[/QUOTE] Agreed. +rep

Comment by Japanese Boxing on 07-29-2012

[QUOTE=BennyST;12382137]I care. Japanese boxing is at a great point today. Many truly excellent fighters around. They ignore the BS politics of the fifty nine different governing bodies too, and only recognise the WBC and WBA. I love it.[/QUOTE] Excellent boxing…

Comment by BennyST on 07-29-2012

[QUOTE=commodus;12382069]your gimmick is based on boxers no one cares about. don't try to troll me bro[/QUOTE] I care. Japanese boxing is at a great point today. Many truly excellent fighters around. They ignore the BS politics of the fifty nine…

Comment by Snake... on 07-29-2012

[QUOTE=Japanese Boxing;12381922]your gimmick is based around a character with dreams of incest. don't try to troll me bro.[/QUOTE] your gimmick is based on boxers none care about. don't try to troll me bro

Comment by Japanese Boxing on 07-29-2012

[QUOTE=commodus;12381718]obviously...........[/QUOTE] your gimmick is based around a character with dreams of incest. don't try to troll me bro.

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (8)
Top Headlines Hughie Fury Set To Return on Fury-Klitschko Rematch Bill, July 9 Video: Anthony Joshua Pumped For Breazeale Title Defense Video: Breazeale Confident Anthony Joshua is Going To Sleep Video: Joshua, Breazeale Go Face To Face and Trade Words Video: Joshua, Breazeale, SHO Press Conference Highlights Khan: I Won't Run For 12, I Will Stand and Trade With Canelo TMT Adds Gavril, Rakhmanov To ShoBox Card on May 13th Photos: Anthony Johsua, Dominic Breazeale Tense Face To Face Amir Khan: I Think It's Great To Be The Underdog Barroso's Adviser: If Crolla Tries To Trade, He Will Get KO'd Quickly Showtime Inks Anthony Joshua To Multi-Fight Deal Anthony Joshua's Promoter Plots Out Next Fights After Breazeale Butler vs. Kokeitgym Title Eliminator Set for June 4 Canelo Doubts Khan Will Switch Style, Create a Boring Fight Gassiev Told Promoter That Povetkin Has Good Shot To Stun Wilder Crolla: There Are Questions, I'll Find Out How Good Barroso Is Nathan Cleverly To Feature On Burns-Di Rocco Bill Mike Mollo Faces Rudenko in Odessa; SES 6/4 Card Shapes Up Lucas Matthysse Could Return To The Ring in The Fall Video: De La Hoya Talks Mayweather, Canelo, Khan, More De La Hoya: In Mayweather Rematch, it's 70-30 in Canelo's Favor! Mikhaylenko, Chuprakov Back in Action in Ekaterinburg Khan Prepared To Make Things Ugly To Prevail: A Win is a Win Video: De La Hoya Pumped During Canelo-Khan Fight Week Khan: I Took The Tougher Fight, Mayweather Easier Than Canelo! Vlasov Dominates Bykhovtsev, Sillakh Clash Up Next on June 2 Video: Canelo Discusses Khan in Two-Part Media Interview Video: Amir Khan Two-Part Media Interview on Canelo Canelo: Lara, Mayweather Fights Helped Me Get Ready For Khan Photos: Canelo, Khan Grand Arrival Frenzy at MGM Grand Video: Canelo, Khan Grand Arrivals at MGM Grand, Las Vegas De La Hoya: Canelo-Khan Easily Beats Pac-Bradley 3 PPV Numbers Wilder vs. Povetkin Undercard Coming Together: Bivol, Ochigava Roach: I Want Tapia To Be Smart, Box Lemieux All Fight Khan: Mayweather is Bitter, Everyone Talking About Me, Canelo Jack-Bute, DeGale-Medina: Ratings For Showtime Double Amir Khan expects Canelo to weigh 175 on fight night Sadam Ali Return Likely For Vargas-Salido Bill Korobov vs. Vera Clash Set For Alvarado-Torres Card Khan: I Think Fury, Haye Beat Joshua at The Moment
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement