Jason Sosa Beats Stephen Smith in a War, Retains WBA Belt

Monte Carlo - WBA 'regular' super featherweight champion Jason Sosa (20-1-4, 15KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Stephen Smith (24-2, 15KOs) to retain the title for the first time. The scores were 116-111, 117-110 and 116-112.

Smith travelled to Connecticut to meet IBF ruler Jose Pedraza in April in his first outing for a world belt, and recovered from that points loss with a commanding win over Daniel Brizuela in his hometown of Liverpool a month later.

Puerto Rican-American Sosa was defending his strap for the first time having ripped the crown from Javier Fortuna with late round knockout in Beijing in June.


Sosa came out firing and was landing big punches in the first round. He scored a flash knockdown in the second as Smith lost his balance. At the end of the third, Sosa opened up a bad cut outside the right eye of Smith.

During the fourth, Smith stood his ground and started going to war with Sosa - trading punches in toe to toe fashion as the crowd stood on their feet. They continued to trade punches in the fifth round. Smith looking to get his respect by giving as good as he was getting.  The fight continued to play out at a very grueling pace, with both fighters swinging away with hard shots to the head and body. Sosa was landing the harder, heavier punches and walking through most of Smith's shots.

Smith was taking some punishment in the eleventh round, getting tagged with good punches and not throwing back as much, especially to the body. The action was slower in the twelfth and final round, with Smith doing the better work and landing solid counters - but nothing hard enough to seriously hurt Sosa.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Unsuspected on 11-14-2016

I think Champion Sosa knocks Fortuna out again in a rematch. Javier's chin will not stand up to Sosa's combination of strength and better than average power, plain and simple. Sosa is a real blue collar type of fighter who…

Comment by THEFRESHBRAWLER on 11-13-2016

Is this the guy Mayweather had set up for Gervonta Davis??

Comment by TheApollonian on 11-12-2016

I think Fortuna deserves a rematch.

Comment by Corelone on 11-12-2016

Has anybody heard from the next big thing out of PR. Ver...Sosa.

Comment by piritwin2 on 11-12-2016

Good fight!! this Sosa is the real deal!!! he is no cake walk for anybody!!! a throwback of the old school!!!!:boxing::cool3:

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (17)
Top Headlines Danny Garcia on Thurman Loss: They Didn't Want Me To Win Sor Rungvisai is Pumped To Defend WBC Belt on October 6 Card Usyk, Bellew, Joshua, Ward, WBSS: Everyone's a Winner Arum: I Have To Sit With Pacquiao, Talk Face To Face on Future Mikey Garcia: I'm at More of a Disadvantage at 140 Video: Jaime Munguia Talks Smith Win, Plans For The Future Jaime Munguia vs. Liam Smith - CompuBox Punch Stats WBC Prez: Uysk, Gassiev Will Both Find Success at Heavyweight Naoya Inoue: The WBSS Presents a Real Challenge For Me Denis Lebedev May Push For Mandatory Shot at Usyk Cecilia Braekhus Very Pleased With Dominant Win in Moscow British Boxers Arrested in Connection To Alleged Gang Rape Gassiev: Usyk Showed I Need More Work, I'll Return Stronger Photos: Jean Pascal Dominates, Batters, Stops Steve Bosse Eddie Hearn: Talks For Bellew-Usyk Fight to Start This Week Mykquan Williams, Hurshidbek Normatov, Lennox Allen Win Munguia: Smith Can Take a Punch, I Gained A lot of Experience Alberto Machado: I Want Francisco Vargas Next! Photos: Jaime Munguia Powers Past Liam Smith- MEGA Gallery Photos: Usyk Schools Gassiev To Unify Cruiserweight Division Photos: Alberto Machado Decks, Dominates Mensah To Retain Liam Smith: Munguia is Not a Much Better Fighter Than Me Vivian Harris Gets Revenge on DeMarcus Corley in Rematch Floyd Mayweather Snaps - Goes Bonkers on 50 Cent Amir Khan: I Respect Pacquiao - But I Know I Can Beat Him! Nathan Gorman: I'm The One To Beat Daniel Dubois! Boxing is Still in Doubt For 2020 Olympic Games Jaime Munguia Drops, Punishes Liam Smith For Decision Win Jaime Munguia vs. Liam Smith - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Alberto Machado Drops, Decisions Mensah To Retain Title Gassiev Has No Excuses, Gives Full Praise To Usyk Machado vs. Mensah - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Munguia: High Possibility Smith Fight Ends in a Knockout Usyk vs. Gassiev - CompuBox Punch Stats Jaime Munguia vs. Liam Smith - LIVE Results From Las Vegas Usyk: If Bellew Won't Come Down - I'll Face Him at Heavyweight Usyk Dominates Gassiev To Unify WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF Titles Usyk vs. Gassiev - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Video: Freddie Roach on Pacquiao-Loma, Canelo-GGG, More Video: Liam Smith Talks Pacquiao-Khan, Canelo, Khan-Brook

Latest Active Forum Threads