Jason Sosa’s 13th Straight KO Defeats Jorge Pazos in Philly
By Ken Hissner at ringside for Dog House Boxing (Oct 3, 2015)
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Ranked No. 10 in the IBF and No. 13 in the WBO Sosa scored his fifth win of 2015 on a J Russell Peltz Boxing and Brittany Rogers BAM Boxing co-promotion to a near sold out arena called the Puerto Rican Boxing Classic. Five of the six Puerto Ricans on this seven bout card took home victories.
Sosa is trained by Raul “Chino” Rivas and assisted by Rashiem Jefferson who finished his career 15-1-1. “I give myself a B- tonight,” said Sosa. Assistant trainer Jefferson added “Jason sometimes depends on his power too much.” Sosa’s double left hook kept Pazo’s down for the count as referee Hurley McCall reached the 10 count with Pazo up on one knee.
Sosa hurt Pazo’s in the first and fifth rounds forcing Pazo to hold on both times. Sosa’s only defeat came in his sixth fight coming in at his highest weight of 138 to his opponents 142.
To show how competitive the event was Peltz and Rogers did the matchmaking with their boxers going 3-3. There were no mismatches as usual for the IBHOF Peltz and the once only woman promoter in the US with both graduates of Temple University. For the 68 year-old Peltz it also celebrated his 46th year in boxing starting at the age of 22. Rogers promoted her first show at 22 and is now 25.
In the co-feature a rematch from their draw in May of this year super lightweight David Gonzalez, 6-0-2 (1) of Philly started fast dropping “Rockin” Ryan Belasco, 18-7-5 (3), of Wilmington, DE, in the first round. Belasco returned the favor in the fourth round making Gonzalez’s glove touch the canvas forcing referee McCall to call it a knockdown. Gonzalez seemed to use his right hand that caught the mark throughout while the more experienced Belasco used his jab.
Judges Bernard Bruni and Pierre Benoist had it 58-54 while Rose Lacend scored it 58-55. DHB had it 57-55. Lightweight Tyrell “Da Show Shocka” Samuel, 16-6-1 (7), of Baltimore, MD, stopped the 3 fight win streak of Victor Vasquez, 19-10-1 (9), stopping him at 1:29 of the fourth round in a scheduled 6.
Going into the fourth round Vasquez may have had a slight edge but caught an elbow on top of the head and complained to referee Gary Rosato who looked at the head and immediately started the action again. It seemed Vasquez was not fully recovered when a combination dropped him. He was up and dropped by a left hook for the second knockdown. Upon rising Samuel was all over him causing referee Rosato to call a halt. The fans were not happy seeing the local favorite’s fight ending in such a manner.
Middleweight Ismael “Tito” Garcia, 9-0 (4), of Vineland, NJ, defeated Fred “Herc” Jenkins, Jr., 9-3 (3), of Philly over 4 rounds of action.
With less than 10 seconds of the first round Garcia dropped Jenkins in the Garcia corner. In the fourth round Garcia suffered a cut on the outside of his left eye that by the end of the round and fight streamed blood down the side of his face. Cut-man Joey Eye patched it up by the time the decision was announced.
Scores were 40-35 and 39-36 twice as was DHB. Rosato was the ref.
Lightweight southpaw Jerome “Messenger” Rodriguez, 7-3-3 (2), of Allentown, PA, stopped a 3 fight losing streak by dealing Avery Sparrow, 4-1 (2) of Philly, his first defeat by DQ at 1:06 of the of the sixth and final round. It was his lowest weight in the career of Rodriguez.
Sparrow was deducted 1 point in round 2 and 2 points in round 4 all for low blows per referee McCall. In the sixth when another punch went below the belt the referee called a halt. New trainer Chino Rivas seemed to make a difference in Rodriguez. DHB had Rodriguez in front 49-44 at the stoppage.
Opening the show southpaw super bantamweight Edgar Cortes, 2-1 (0), of Vineland, NJ, won a hard fought decision over Antonio Conigliaro, 1-2 (0), of St. Clair, PA, over 4 rounds. After dropping the first two rounds Conigliaro seemed to take the third but lost the fourth.
Scores were 40-36 and a pair of 39-37’s as was DHB. Rosato was ref.
In a swing bout after the main event 6’0” super lightweight Scott Kelleher, 2-0 (1), of Philly, defeated Alberto Manukyan, 0-3 (0), of Union City, NJ, over 4 rounds.
Kelleher scored a fourth round knockdown and bloodied the nose of Manukyan. Referee was Rosato. Kelleher had quite a rooting section.
All scores were 40-35.
Ring announcer was Alex Barbosa who is still an active boxer and another Temple graduate.
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