By Robert Coster
WBC Light-Flyweight titleholder Edgar Sosa (35-5,19 KOs) can rightfully be called boxing’s busiest champion. Having succesfully defended his crown on March 28th, Sosa will be stepping back into the ring as early as May 30th for yet another title defense against an opponent TBA. Since he surprised the boxing world two years ago, winning the WBC belt over favored Brian Viloria, the 29-year-old champion has made eight title defenses, sold over a hundred thousand tickets to his fights and become a favorite of Mexican television. Edgar’s popularity is due to many factors: the Rocky-like story of a former hard-luck journeyman boxer that turned his career, and life, around; his victories over Filipino rivals and his willingness to constantly fight and put his belt on the line.
“Mexican boxing fans just love Edgar,” says boxing writer Jose Luis Camarillo, “they identify with him.” Edgar Sosa’s avowed objective for this year is to reach the number of ten title defenses before invading the flyweight division in search of another crown. With manager Jacques Deschamps by his side, Sosa talked to Fightnews about his reign as a champion and future plans.
Q: On April 14th you celebrated 2 years as a champion. You want to reflect about that?
A: I surprised everybody by beating a quality boxer like Brian Viloria. Brian just proved his worth against Archie Solis. Since I was an unkown I think many people didn’t expect me to be a durable champion, like it was a fluke. Well, I’m still around: I have fought tough opposition, I have been a fighting champion and I’m going for title defense number nine on May 30th.
Q: Who will be your opponent and where will the fight take place ?
A: The fight, promoted by Fausto Daniel Garcia, will be in Vera Cruz, Mexico. My opponent still has to be named.
Q: About your reign, it is a boxer’s dream to unify the title belts. What about it?
A: I’ll tell you what : I am the WBC Champion. I respect the other champions as the true sportsmen that they are but I believe there is a difference in wearing the green and gold WBC belt and the others.
Deschamps (intervenes) : Edgar is willing to fight Ivan Calderon or Brian Viloria or Asloum but as the DEFENDING WBC Champion. If the money is right is right and they want to be the challengers, we are all for it.
Q: Jacques, as Edgar’s manager, how do you see a fight with Calderon?
A: (Deschamps) : Ivan is a great fighter but he is already 34. And I don’t think he has fought someone like Edgar : a well-rounded fighter that boxes , that punches, someone at the peak of his game as is Edgar today.
Q: Edgar, over these two years, what has been your best satisfaction?
A: The response of the public, the fans who encourage me and believe in me. I think my personal story brings hope to many people. Here I was this young boxer going nowhere, ready to hang up the gloves and then my life changes. I meet my manager and I’m provided the opportunity to change my fate. It’s my “Cinderella story” as Jacques calls it. Good things do happen in life even when things look so bleak. Don’t give up on your dreams. I am the underdog who makes it - I have 23 consecutive victories to prove it.
Q: You have mentioned that you would like to make 10 title defenses at 108 pounds and then move up to Flyweight. You want to talk about that?
A: When I became Champion , I had set 10 title defenses as my objective. If I can achieve this then I will move up to the Flyweight class in search of my second title.
Q: About your growing popularity in Mexico, Edgar, one could say that you’re not taking advantage of it: you don’t go around with showbiz friends and have photos of you outside the sportspage. What do you have to say about that?
A:I hope to have that type of life one day… after boxing( laughs). Seriously, my job and my family are number one. I will not be spoiled by success. I remember the hard times: little food on the table and the all bills to pay. I have worked so hard to get where I am. My place is in the gym, not at a music concert. Also, my ambition is to be a great boxer, leave my mark. The day I retire, I want people to say that I was a great boxer.