By Robert Coster
Photo: Team Sosa
His career has been marked by strange twists of fate and trials and now Edgar Sosa is ready for yet another daunting challenge. This Friday in Tokyo, the former Mexico City cab driver will try to become a two-division world champion at the expense of WBC titlist Akira Yaegashi. “I know it’s quite a task fighting the champion in his backyard,” says Sosa (49-7, 29 KOs), “but I have overcome challenges and difficulties before.”
Between 2007 and 2009, Edgar Sosa was the WBC jr flyweight champion, defending his title 11 times in two years. On Friday, the 34-year-old Sosa will be competing in his 14th title fight and he knows it might be his last chance.
“Edgar’s story is Cinderella-like,” comments his manager Jacques Deschamps, “and I believe the magic will work again.”
When Deschamps and Sosa paired up, the Mexico City cabbie was a journeyman boxer with a modest 12-5 record. Sosa stepped in as a late sub in December of 2003 to fight fringe Dominican contender Domingo Guillen in a card promoted by Deschamps (in Haiti). Edgar had lost 3 of his last 4 fights and it seemed it would be the same story as Guillen knocked him down hard in the 3rd round. Sosa did get up however at the count of 9, fought his way back into the fight and stopped Guillen in the 6th round.
“I was amazed by Edgar’s valor and grit,” remembers Deschamps, “and I realized that what he needed was to dedicate his time to train and stop driving that cab.”
With Deschamps’ financial backing, Edgar Sosa turned his career around, embarking on a long winning streak. He won the WBC jr flyweight title on April 24, 2007 with an upset decision over Brian Viloria. On November 21, 2009, in his 11th title defense, Edgar faced Filipino Rodel Mayol, losing by a controversial 2 round TKO. Sosa was the victim of a vicious headbutt by Mayol, suffering a double fracture of the cheekbone. Edgar had to undergo major surgery after the fight, requiring a titanium plaque on his cheek. Edgar’s career appeared to be in jeopardy but the courageous Mexican boxer did not lose faith.
Says Sosa, “I promised myself I would fight my way back to the top.” And fight his way back is precisely what Edgar Sosa did with victories over former world champions Archie Solis and Giovanni Segura, wins that secured his position as the top contender. “God has made me overcome so much for a reason. I am going back to Mexico with that title belt on my shoulder,” he stated.