Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Camden, New Jersey junior lightweight Jason Sosa extended his KO streak to 13 on Friday night when he stopped a very tough Mexican in Jorge Pazos in the six-round of the eight-round main event in the first-ever Philadelphia Puerto Rican Classic at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.
Sosa (18-1-3, 14ko’s) was coming off a brilliant first-round KO over a fading Jerry Belmontes back in August. He recently inked a new deal with Top Rank boxing and entered this bout with a ton of promise as a true legit test in the 130-pound rankings.
Sosa dominated this one from the opening bell, mixing in a solid body attack that slowly wore down the game Pazos, who ate a gorgeous left hook in round five.
However, the durable Pazos (14-10-1, 8ko’s) did not go down, but he was clearly hurt.
In round six, Sosa kept the pressure on and delivered a flurry of combinations that clearly did damage, as Pazos eventually wilted and went down. He tired to get up as he climb to one knee, but his will was broken and decided his night was down.
Official time was 32 seconds into the sixth stanza.
Pazos has now dropped six straight and seven of eight.
In other action, Ryan Belasco lost a six-round unanimous decision in a rematch against junior welterweight David Gonzales.
Belasco, a native of Wilmington, DE, got nailed in the opening round with a sweeping left hook. Staggered and hurt, Belasco was able to regroup and avoided a major early round upset. He was able to make it a close fight over the next several rounds, but despite scoring a flash knockdown in the fourth round, Gonzales was able to get his jab going and was firing away at will over the final two rounds, as he pulled away.
The judges all saw it 58-54 for Gonzales, who pushed his mark to 6-0-2, with one knockout, while Belasco fell to 18-5-4, with four knockouts.
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