Jennings, Sosa and Rosado Appearing on HBO Tonight!
By Ken Hissner, Dog House Boxing (Dec 19, 2015)
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Jennings, 19-1 is fighting for the interim WBA heavyweight title against champion Luis Ortiz, 23-0, a Cuban, living in Miami, FL. Ortiz has had a bunch of easy opponents while Jennings though not fighting but once in the last 17 months and that a loss to then champion Wladimir Klitschko is coming right back not only against the No. 1 contender but with new trainer John David Jackson. We in the Philly area were disappointed when after the loss trainer Fred Jenkins was dropped. How many times have we seen it happen when a fighter loses it’s the trainer who gets the boot?
Jennings has defeated southpaw ArturSzpilka who is scheduled next month to fight WBC champion Deontay Wilder. For some reason both Jennings and Ortiz are only ranked in the WBA. Jennings is No. 6. He has beaten five straight opponents from outside the US and Ortiz makes six. Jennings beat the “other Cuban” Mike Perez, then 20-0-1 in a not so eye pleasing split decision fight. At 36 and a 346-19 amateur record Ortiz could be on “borrowed time!” Jennings on the other hand with less than 20 amateur fights and just turned 31 should be the much fresher though less experienced. The fight is a toss-up!
In the co-feature unbeaten Nicholas Walters, 26-0, makes it official he is now a super featherweight in losing his world WBA title at featherweight for not making weight. He has only fought once in the past 14 months. The Jamaican is well recognized in the world scene as one of the best. In facing Jason Sosa, 18-1-3, of Camden, NJ, he is fighting a hungry fighter and a good puncher who has stopped his last 13 opponents. He is co-promoted by Peltz Boxing and Top Rank. It’s a big step up for Sosa who is one of the most liked fighters in the Philly-Camden area and trained by Chino Rivas.
Gabe “King” Rosado hasn’t won since 2012 losing his last four bouts and having a no-contest bout against all world contenders and a couple of world title fights against Golovkin and Jacobs. Also now former champ Lemieux and unbeaten Charlo whose brother just became champion. He has fought non-boxing bouts and made more money than as if he was in authorized boxing. At 21-9 he faces former WBO welterweight champion Joshua Clottey, 39-4, who has won his last four fights since losing the title but also has only one fight in the last 20 months.
Also on card Cuban YuriorkisGamboa, 24-1 against former Olympian Hylon Williams, Jr. 16-1-1. Gamboa is a former featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight champion.
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