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Camden, NJ junior lightweight Jason Sosa, 17-1-3, 13 KO, is a hot fighter these days. He boasts a 12-bout KO streak, a sudden rise in the 130-pound rankings, and a new deal with promotional powerhouse Top Rank. Next Friday, October 2nd, Sosa will headline the first ever Philadelphia Puerto Rican Classic at the 2300 Arena, against Jorge Pazos, a 26- year old Mexican with a 14-8-1, 8 KO, professional record. 

Its the first Philadelphia Puerto Rican Classic event, Sosa said at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym, where he held an open media workout on Tuesday. It feels good to be the main event. Its a big deal and Im honored. 

Sosa, 27, staged a light workout and spoke to various press outlets during the media event. Many questions revolved around his recent deal with Top Rank, who along with J Russell Peltz will guide his career, presumably toward a world title fight. 

Its a dream come true, Sosa said. I know a lot of people that would love to be signed with Top Rank right now. Ive got the best promoter in the world (Top Rank), and the best co-promoter, Russell Peltz.  He puts on the best fights. Im blessed. Im honored to be family with Top Rank. 

Sosas career started 4-1-3, 1 KO over his first two years as a pro. However beginning in September of 2012, he launched a 13-fight undefeated streak that is still going today. The last twelve results were KOs, and none of them were more impressive than his most recent bout, a one-round blowout of talented Jerry Belmontes last month in Puerto Rico. 

Ive said it before and Ill say it again, at 130 Ive got tremendous power, Sosa said. I dont go there thinking Im going to knock my opponent out. If it comes, it comes, but we train for every round. The (KO) streak is going, and we want to keep it going, but the most important thing is to walk out of there victorious. 

He can punch, Russell Peltz said of Sosa. It doesnt matter what weight class youre in. If you can punch, people will want to see you and youre going to make money. But I dont care about the knockout streak. 

Clearly given his current position in the sport, Sosas undefeated streak is the more critical habit to keep alive.  If he keeps winning, a big fight cant be too far in the distance. 

Im put in the position that I have to impress people, Sosa said. I have to impress promoters. I have to impress fans. Youve got a guy who had three amateur fights. Nobody expected to see me where Im at right now. Its hard work and dedication, and having one of the best trainers in my corner. As soon as we signed with Russell Peltz. I mean he is a Hall of Famer, and hes a great person. Its an honor to have him as a co-promoter and to have had him at the beginning of my career. 

Promoter Peltz is happy too. 

Hes been a pleasure, Peltz said of Sosa.  Every time I get worried before a fight, he always says to me, Dont worry Russell, I was born for this. 




John DiSanto - Philadelphia - September 22, 2015