SOSA UPSETS FORTUNA TO WIN WBA 130LB BELT; CERMENO ACQUIRES VACANT WBA 122LB TITLE IN CHINA


June 24, 2016

BEIJING, CHINA

Unheralded Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs), US, surprisingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Javier Fortuna (29-1-1, 21 KOs), Dominican Republic, with an upset come-from-behind TKO at 0:45 of the eleventh round on Friday in Beijing, China. The tricky lefty champ kept outmaneuvering the one-dimensional Sosa all the way and floored him with a countering left in the fifth, comfortably piling up a good lead on points.

After the ninth, the official tallies later proved to be so unanimous as follows: 88-82, 87-83 and 89-81, all in favor of the southpaw champ.

The tide, however, abruptly turned midway in round ten, when the desperate Sosa displayed a furious retaliation and astoundingly decked the champ in the end of the session. Fortunafs deteriorated footwork coupled with his low guard paid off before the undaunted challenger. Referee Raul Caiz Jr. then deducted a point from the bewildered and battered champ for having spit out his mouth guard on purpose and the bell came to his rescue. It resulted in a 10-7 round.

The scoresheets dramatically became close with the unexpected reverse after the tenth: Frank Martinez (New Zealand) 95-92, Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa) 94-93 and Gustavo Padilla (Panama) 96-91, still all for the defending titlist Fortuna.

The fatal eleventh round witnessed Fortuna caught by Sosafs all-out attack and badly dropping near his corner for the second time. Though barely regaining his feet, the ref wisely saw him unfit to go on with shaky legs and then declared a dramatic stoppage for the jubilant new titlist.

The WBA regular champ Fortuna was supposed to face newly crowned Panamanian Jezreel Corrales, but the WBA may instead order an encounter of the upset victor Sosa and Corrales who had recently dethroned WBA super champ Takashi Uchiyama in a second round Tokyo shocker this April.

In the semi-windup, Venezuelan veteran Nehomar Cermeno (24-5-1, 13 KOs) acquired the vacant WBA 122-pound belt as he finally caught up with game Chinese opponent Qiu Xiao-Jun (20-3, 9 KOs) with a flurry of punches and halted him at 1:11 of the twelfth and final stanza. After the eleventh, the officials tallies as follows: Derek Milham (Australia) 109-100, Frank Martinez (New Zealand) 108-100 and Raul Caiz Jr. (US) 108-101, all for the 36-year-old counterpuncher who kept his distance and countered the Chinese with precision. Qui fought well, but he should have thrown more jabs to stalk the footworker only to absorb a few but well-connected counters. The referee was Luis Pabon (Puerto Rico).

Fast-punching Chinese Can Xu (9-2, no KO) successfully retained his WBA Oceania/international super-feather belt by a unanimous decision (118-110, 119-110, 116-112) over game but monotonous Australian Corey McConnell (15-2-1, 2 KOs) over hard-fought twelve. The elongated boxer-puncher Can Xu took the initiative with his aggressiveness from the second round on, though McConnell occasionally fought back hard toe-to-toe in the center of the ring. Can often caught the Aussie with countering rights and left hooks. With more power Can can be a next prospect of the China mainland.

German girl boxer Alesia Graf (28-5, 12 KOs) won the WBA international bantamweight belt by winning a nearly shutout verdict (100-91, 99-91, 100-90) over Noemi Nosques (10-7-2, 2 KOs), US, over ten. It was such a hard-fought battle that it fully entertained the well-packed Chinese crowd.

Australian heavyweight Herman Ene Purcell dropped Korean Jong-Suk Lee twice and halted him at 2:40 of the first round in a scheduled six.

It was a successful show with many spectators in attendance at the Capital Gymnasium.

Promoter: Max Power Promotions and Sampson Boxing.

WBA supervisors: Aurelio Fiengo (Panama) for the Fortuna-Sosa bout; Miguel Prado (Panama) for the Cermeno-Qui bout.

(6-24-2016)


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