The super featherweight division is continuing its 2016 makeover, as Javier Fortuna is the latest top fighter to fall, upset today in Beijing by Jason Sosa, who is now the WBA "world" super featherweight titleholder. (Jezreel Corrales, who shocked Takashi Uchiyama earlier this year, holds their "super world" title.)
Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KO) was best known coming in for his draw with Nicholas Walters last December, a decision that many observers felt was a gift to Sosa. But however you felt about that fight, this one leaves few questions. Fortuna (29-1-1, 21 KO) was dropped in the 11th round, and though he got back up, referee Raul Caiz Jr judged him in no condition to continue and stopped the fight, with Fortuna on clearly unsteady legs.
Here's the finish:
It's obviously a huge win for Sosa, a 28-year-old from Camden, New Jersey, who started his career 4-1-3 and was never supposed to get to this level. But he has, and to do it, he knocked off a guy perceived as perhaps the new best in the division.