Edgar Sosa may be over 12 months removed from his destructive defeat at the hands of pound-for-pound sensation Roman Gonzalez (L TKO 2), but that may not be enough for him to be ready to face another of the elite Flyweight boxers on the planet.
The fight takes place this Saturday September 24th, 2016 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, USA.
The card will get underway at approximately 8pm (ET) this Saturday in the States, 5pm (PT). That’s 1am Sunday morning September 25th in the UK and Ireland.
Live Stream Info
TFC.tv (on PPV and dependent on your geography) and BeIn Sports Connect (however a subscription is needed)
Nietes leaves behind his long reign as WBO Light Flyweight champion, and inches closer to capturing his third WBO championship in three weight classes – also the former minimumweight holder.
Nietes 38-1-4 (22KO’s) looked set to be on course for a clash with the WBA and WBO ruler, Juan Francisco Estrada, in what would have been a sensational encounter.
But the Mexican has vacated his belts and plans to take his talents up with him to Super Flyweight, where the impeccable Gonzalez reigns.
The 34-year old Nietes may make his stay in his new weight class a short one, with time not on his side to find his career defining opportunity.
His only loss came in the second year of his thus far 13-year career. He also suffered three early draws, opening his career with a 13-1-3 record.
Since, his only blemish came in the second defence of his Light Flyweight championship, drawing over 12 with Moises Fuentes in 2013. That was a result he later put straight with a 9th round knockout a year later.
Sosa’s 52-9 (30KO’s) record can be slightly deceiving as well, although at 37 he is certainly at the back end of his exciting career.
He lost 5 contests in his opening 17 fights, including twice against Ulises Solis – who went on to become a two-time champion of the world. Those defeats were later avenged in 2013 (KO 2) – the final fight of Solis’ career.
Sosa has been involved in 15 world title fights, identical with Nietes. But Sosa has certainly mixed with the better company, especially during his 11-fight reign as WBC Light Flyweight champion.
Both bring a healthy blend of hard hitting aggression and smart boxing technique. But it is the fresher Nietes who holds the significant advantage in the latter.
Donnie Nietes vs Edgar Sosa Prediction
A counter-puncher and wicked body puncher, Nietes could make short work of Sosa. But the feeling is that Nietes won’t quite be adapted enough to the higher weight class to make such an impression.
However, if the Filipino wishes to make his mark with the intent to seek out the likes of Estrada and Gonzalez, then a stoppage here is exactly what will be required.
With that in mind, Nietes will prove aggressive from the start, and with resilience lowering with each fight, Sosa will struggle to cope. It is no coincidence that three of Nietes’ last five foes have retired on their stools.
Nietes will break Sosa down, with the referee, as opposed to the corner being the man to save Sosa from further punishment after multiple knockdowns somewhere around the 8th round.
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