By Robert Coster
Photo: Team Sosa
Top WBC flyweight contender Edgar Sosa arrived in Haiti today where he will be training for two weeks in view of his title fight with Akira Yaegishi in Tokyo on next December 6. Sosa was greeted by his longtime mentor Jacques Deschamps. “I came to Haiti because I can do some great running in the mountains here,” commented Sosa. “Plus I wanted to benefit from Mr Deschamps’ wise counseling.” The 34-year-old Mexico City native held the WBC jr flyweight belt from 2007 to 2009, making ten title defenses before losing in controversial fashion to Filipino Rodel Mayol.
Sosa (49-7, 29 KOs) is more experienced than champion Yaegishi (18-3-1, 9 KOs) but the Japanese titlist is already a two-division champion after only 22 fights, holding the WBA minimumweight title before winning the WBC flyweight crown.
Asked whether he was worried about fighting in his opponent’s backyard, Sosa replied “It doesn’t worry me. I won the jr flyweight title by beating Brian Viloria in Las Vegas, not in Mexico and I was the overwhelming underdog. I will beat Yaegishi in his country, in front of his fans.”
After his two-week stint in Haiti, Edgar Sosa will go back to Mexico to pursue his training.