By Robert Coster
Photos: Courtesy Esto
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Making his 9th title defense, WBC light flyweight Champion Edgar Sosa (36-5, 20 KOs) stopped challenger Carlos “Shangai” Melo (19-9, 2 KOs) of Panama at 2:47 of the 5th round at the packed Arena Mexico in Mexico City. Sosa, who was cheered on by over 12,000 fans, attacked speedster Melo from the opening bell and effectively cut off the ring, forcing the Panama boxer to trade with the much stronger champion.
The bout was action packed, but it was apparent that Sosa’s bulk and power were wearing down the game challenger. Putting on constant pressure, Sosa knocked Melo down in the third round, but the Panama boxer managed to survive. At the end of the fourth round a clash of heads opened a cut on Sosa’s left eyebrow.
The champion came out for the fifth round determined to end matters, and a vicious hook to the liver did exactly that. Melo crumbled to the mat. The challenger gallantly beat the count but a barrage of punches from Sosa forced referee Frank Garza to put an end to the bout.
“I felt really good,” said Champion Sosa after the fight, “I had worked on my speed and the plan was to take control from the beginning. Shangai had fought the best in this weight class and never been stopped. I am happy with my increasing strength and power.”
With this impressive showing, Edgar Sosa has now won 24 victories in a row and is looking to invade the flyweight division. “My goal is to reach 10 title defenses and then move up to face the WBC 112lb champion” declared Edgar.
In other fights on the card, Rene “Chirizo” Gonzalez (24-1-1, 19 KOs) of Nicaragua retained his WBC Youth lightweight title with a six round technical draw against local idol Reyes Sanchez (15-2-1, 10 KOs). Gonzalez appeared to be on his way to ending the fight early, knocking down Reyes in the second round. The Mexican however came back well and used his boxing skills to befuddle Gonzalez. A clash of heads in the 6th round forced the action to be halted and go to the scorecards where the fight was declared a draw. A rematch between Gonzalez the puncher, and Reyes Sanchez the boxer would certainly be in the liking of the fans.
In another bout, lightweight Daniel “Tremendo” Estrada (18-1, 14 KOs) scored a spectacular eighth round knockout of Carlos Velasquez (13-5, 8 KOs) of Nicaragua to keep his WBC Cabofe title. The promising Estrada seems ready to step up to bigger and better things. The card was promoted by Fausto Daniel Garcia and televised by Televisa.