|Is Camden, NJ, Super Feather Jason “El Canito” Sosa A Diamond in the Rough?
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Aug 28, 2013)
They say the pen is mightier than the
sword. As a writer I may have spoke out to the wrong group hearing
Camden’s Jason Sosa’s followers complaining about getting
“another draw” with Philly’s unbeaten lightweight Angel Ocasio,
6-0-2, at the National Guard Armory in April of 2012.
This writer knowing Ocasio went over
and proclaimed “you were lucky to get the draw”. If looks could
kill I wouldn’t be writing this. His friends were not too
thrilled. I walked away and here comes this guy with a mean look on
his face from the group and I recognize its former Camden boxer
Miguel Figueroa, 24-6-2 (14).
At 35 he still looked like he was in
fighting shape. He won the IBA Americas title at lightweight.
Things cooled off and I eventually became a fan of Jason “El
Canito” Sosa’s. It’s hard not liking this 25 year old super
featherweight. He since dropped down a division since the second
This good looking young boxer whose
9-1-3 (5) record is quite impressive considering “I was 1-2 in the
amateurs” he says with a smile! He started boxing professionally
with Miguel Martine as his trainer when he was 21 scoring a knockout
at the legendary Blue Horizon in North Philly. He was 3-0-1 before
running into his only conqueror Treysean Wiggins, then 1-0 a tall
Two months prior to this fight Sosa was
128 defeating Clinton B. Douglas, 3-3-2, but came in at 138 for the
taller Wiggins at 142 with Sosa hitting the canvas 3 times in the
1st. “It wasn’t my toughest opponent, Ocasio was”, said Sosa.
He would be off for 13 months after this his only loss.
In June Wiggins with 3 straight
knockout wins found himself on the canvas against fellow southpaw
Jerome Rodriguez, 3-0-1, in a Sands Casino fight in Bethlehem, PA,
before he dropped the latter. It was all over in the second with
Rodriguez the winner in the fight of the night. This past week
Wiggins was back with a knockout win.
The first draw with Ocasio was the
first 6 rounder for the then 4-1-1 Sosa. It was Ocasio’s second 6.
It was a majority draw at the Philly Armory in the North East. Not
only did Sosa jump from a 4 to a 6 but in the rematch 3 months later
in April of 2012 promoter Greg Robinson of Power Productions brought
him back for an 8 rounder in the main event! Another majority draw
was the result for the vacant WPBF USBC lightweight title. Sosa got
Alan Rubenstein’s vote 78-75 with a score of 76-76 from the other
It would be 5 months before returning
to the ring with a majority win in 4 over Esteban Rodriguez, 6-2-1,
at Bethlehem’s Sands Casino for Peltz Boxing. He took on a new
trainer in Chino Rivas. Peltz knows how to move a fighter but
doesn’t believe in doing it by fighting stiffs. In less than a
month Sosa was back in with Douglas again stopping him in 3 rounds in
a 6. He would come in at 129 and announce he is no longer a
lightweight. Nice improvement over the decision he won over Douglas
2 years previously.
Sosa would end 2012 stopping Lancaster,
PA, boxer Isaac Suarez, 7-1, in round 2 of a 6 at Temple University’s
McGonigle Hall in Philly. Starting off 2013 Main Events whom Peltz
co-promotes with and serves as a matchmaker put Sosa in “foreign
territory with East Hartford, CT, New England super featherweight
champion (in previous fight) Joseph Perez, 10-1, at the Mohegan sun
Casino, in Uncasville, CT, in a 6 rounder. Perez was on a 5 round
win streak but found himself on the canvas in rounds 1 and 4 before
referee Johnny Callas called it to a halt at 2:10 of the 4th round. “I knew fighting in his territory I would have to score a
knockout and did,” said Sosa.
It would be 5 months before Sosa would
return to the ring in June against tough Georgian Georgi Kevlishvili,
12-5, who had only been stopped once, in his last fight in Russia in
2009 before leaving for the US. Sosa took the 1st round
but found himself on the canvas in the 2nd only to come
back and take the 3rd evening the scores on all 3 judges
cards 28-28. In the 4th Sosa would stop his opponent at
the 2:21 mark as top referee Steve “SS” Smoger called a halt.
“He was very awkward having that European style,” said Sosa.
Sosa is co-managed by Adrienne Soto (Pictured above) and
Rivas along with being promoted by J Russell Peltz of Peltz Boxing.
“Jason is a very special person and boxer unlike most and I truly
believe that his dedication and drive to perfect his craft is what
will separate him from others in the ring. He always gives 150%. He
strives to be a “beast” as he tells me all the time! But he is
also very sensitive. He along with my other boxer, Anthony Burgin,
5-0 (2), accompanied me to my daughter’s (Pictured above) school for career day this
year to help me explain what my job as a manager is like and the kids
loved it! Jason was very excited for Chino and I to open the gym
because he wanted a gym that felt like his home and I’m very happy
we were able to accomplish that goal. We are expecting to have a
huge grand opening in late September. The name of the gym is Guts &
Glory Boxing and fitness,” said Soto. She and Rivas are opening
the gym together.
“Has been a pleasant surprise; a
completely different fighter since he has been with Chino Rivas.
Great attitude, great style and fights everyone,” said Peltz. Two
of the fighters Sosa spars with on a regular basis are Burgin and
Farmer. “He’s very strong as a fighter and has a helluva right
hand,” said Burgin. In talking with Farmer who is a slick southpaw
in comparison to the taller Burgin whose had many more amateur
fights. “Strong! He can come at you like a bull and you can’t
hurt him or he can use good movement,” said Farmer.
Asked how he got interested in boxing
Sosa said, “I was about 19 or 20 lying down and thought about
boxing. I went to the Miguel Figueroa Boxing Club and later sparred
with Mike “No Joke” Stewart a contender who once appeared on “the
Contender” series. He told me don’t give it up. You got it”,
Sosa was originally scheduled to fight
on August 24th at Bally’s in Atlantic City but moved
back to September 26th against NJ’s Tyrone Luckey, 5-3
(5), at the Sand’s in Bethlehem. Luckey lost a split decision last
year to Tevin “American Idol” Farmer who is one of the boxers
along with Sosa who is trained by Rivas at Rocco Collisions Gym in
Blackwood, NJ. Rivas also trains unbeaten Philly boxer Anthony
Burgin who is promoted by Peltz. Mark Cipparone, owner of Rocco’s
has Farmer, Miguel Cartagena and Eric Hunter in his stable of
fighters and made room in his facility for a small gym.
Watch for Jason “El Canito” Sosa
come September 26th in the 8 round co-feature against
Tyrone Luckey who may be lucky in name only as the opponent of Sosa!
Ken Hissner responds to all his emails at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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