By Rick Reeno
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing has advised BoxingScene.com that Javier Fortuna (30-1-1, 22KOs) has a guaranteed crack at the WBA super featherweight world title.
In an unexpected upset, Fortuna lost his title back in June when he traveled over to China and was stopped in the eleventh round by Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15KOs). Fortuna was ahead on all three cards and had Sosa down earlier, but got careless against a very determined opponent.
As part of the agreement to fight Fortuna, Lewkowicz obtained three fight options on Sosa.
Both Fortuna and Sosa signed on to take interim fights. Fortuna returned this past Saturday night at the Sambil Commercial Center in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and blew out fellow Dominican Marlyn Cabrera in two rounds.
Sosa is signed on to fight Stepehen Smith (24-2, 14KOs) on November 12th in Monaco. There is a clause in the contract where the winner is bound to face Fortuna next. Smith lost a twelve round decision to Jose Pedraza in April and then made a very quick return in May to notch a stoppage win over Daniel Brizuela in seven rounds.
Lewkowicz notes that a TV network is already on board and very interested in televising the Sosa/Smith winner vs. Fortuna.
"Javier Fortuna will get a title shot next Sosa will defend the title against Stephen Smith in Monaco. Then the winner of that fight will have to make a defense against Fortuna," Lewkowicz told BoxingScene.com.