By Robert Coster
The 15th of September is a special day for Mexico as it marks the “Grito de Dolores” – the cry for independance by one of its founding fathers. It will also be special for WBC light-flyweight champion Edgar Sosa as he steps into the ring in the city of Puebla for his 10th title defense against Omar “Pastor” Soto of Puerto Rico. Sosa (36-5, 20 KOs) will be setting a record for most title defenses by a Mexican boxer in this weight class. “I am very happy,” says Edgar, “because when I won the title two years ago, not many boxing writers expected me to be a lasting champion. Now what I have to do on Tuesday is put up a great show in what may be my last defense at 108lbs.” Sosa is expected to move up to the flyweight division. The very popular champion, unbeaten in over six years, will be headlining a megacard aptly called “Viva Mexico” which will also feature sensational redhead welterweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The much anticipated boxing extravaganza promoted by Fausto Daniel Garcia will be held at the Siglo XXI auditorium which is already sold-out.
Being the underdog in the champion’s backyard doesn’t bother Omar “Pastor” Soto. “I know God is looking out for me,” proclaims the deeply religious Soto (14-3-1, 6 KOs) who predicts that he will stun the Mexican audience by beating the favored Sosa.
The 5th ranked Puerto Rican challenger, who describes himself as a boxer-puncher, purports to have discovered “mistakes” in Sosa’s game and says he will take advantage of these lapses come Tuesday night. Soto just hopes that the judges will not be swayed by the partisan crowd. Two years ago in Thailand, Omar lost a controversial split decision to local idol Oleydong Sithsamerchai for the WBC strawweight championship. “I just want the judges to do their jobs and give a fair and square score,” stated Soto, “…if we go to the scorecards.”