Written By Eric Gomes: Jason Sosa (20-2-4, 14 KOs) takes on Robinson Castellanos (24-13, 14 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight fight. The fight takes place at the Theater at Madison Square Gardenon the televised undercard for Kovalev vs. Shabrankskyy. The event takes place Saturday, Nov. 25 and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
The 29-year-old Jason Sosa, of Camden, NJ and of Puerto Rican descent, is the former WBA World Super Featherweight Champion. He earned his title by handing Javier Fortuna his first loss as a pro with an 11th-round knockout in Beijing, China. Sosa successfully defended his title with a 12-round decision win over Stephen Smith in Monte Carlo in November 2016. Next, he returned several months later in a fight against Vasyl Lomachenko in April 2017.
Vasiliy Lomachenko being toying with and showboating against the overmatched Jason Sosa on HBO.
Jason Sosa known for fighting Nicholas Walters to a majority draw.Sosa also stopped Jerry Belmontes in one round. Sosa’s aggressive style should produce fireworks against Castellanos.
Castellanos, coming off a spectacular performance against current WBA Super World Super Featherweight Champion Jezreel Corrales. The 35-year-old handed super bantamweight contender Ronny Rios his first career loss. In the fight he stopped Rios via TKO. Before challenging for a world title, Castellanos stopped Cuban former Champion Yuriorkis Gamboa on May 5th.
After having been so close to winning a world title in his last outing, Castellanos will look to make sure that he gets another crack at the top of the division with a victory on Nov. 25.
“What has happened in Mexico and Puerto [Rico] has been devastating,” said Castellanos. But it has also reminded us that we are strong and united. I know little about Jason Sosa, but I know that he was a world champion. He has already accomplished a dream that I am still looking to accomplish. I know that I’ll need a victory to fight for a world title again. Both of us will have to leave everything in the ring, and I hope that the people in New York really enjoy our fight.”
Tickets are currently on sale and are available at ticketmaster.com and the Madison Square Garden Box Office. Use the code LATINOSUNIDOS when purchasing your tickets to donate a portion of the proceeds to hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the rebuilding efforts in Mexico following the earthquake in Mexico City. The donations will go to the Hispanic Federation’s Unidos fund and to Habitat for Humanity Mexico.
Sosa-Castellanos is a good fight for both fighters which could garner a title shot. The winner of this fight will likely face Puerto Rico’s Alberto Machado who upset former WBA champion Jezreel Corrales on HBO’s 10/21/17 broadcast. Another option for both is the winner of vet Orlando Salido vs. WBC champion Miguel Berchelt bout slated to fight on December 9th. Lots of interesting matchups here at 130 lbs!
Kovalev vs. Shabranskyy is a 10-round light heavyweight fight promoted by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions. Sosa vs. Castellanos is a 10-round super featherweight fight promoted by Peltz Boxing and Golden Boy Promotions. The event will take place at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
“Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. I have been living there for the last few months and I opened a business there. Now to see the destruction and devastation that my people are going through, it breaks my heart. It was very difficult for me to leave and begin my training camp back in New Jersey to get ready for the fight against Castellanos. This fight is important for many reasons. It is the beginning of the road to becoming champion again and it is my way of giving Puerto Rico a reason to smile and be proud. They are my biggest supporters and that little island shows me so much love. I can’t do much but I can show them that this win is for them. I want to thank Castellanos and HBO for this opportunity.”