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Boxing In Mexico: Edgar Sosa Keeps WBC Belt In Veracruz

Last night in Veracruz, Mexico, WBA Light Flyweight Champion Edgar Sosa retained his crown with a fourth round stoppage over challenger Roberto Carlos Leyva at Estadio Beto Avila.

The bout started off slow but by the second frame, Sosa had finished studying and began fighting Leyva, pushing the faded former IBF Minimumweight titlist back with unrelenting pressure.

Sosa was dominant in the third, hammering the challenger with right hands despite fierce counterpunching from Leyva.

The end came in the fourth as Leyva was speared on the ropes with a massive left hook to the body, prompting a referee stoppage.

Sosa, 30-5 (16), and Leyva, 24-7-1 (20), came into this bout from very different career angles; Sosa had won his last 17 bouts, turning back such top men as Brian Viloria, Luis Alberto Lazarte and Noel Arumbulet, while Leyva had only won three of his last nine, dropping contests to elite minimum and bantam weights fighters as Ivan Calderon, Ivan Hernandez, Daniel Reyes and Miguel Barrera.

On the undercard, WBC Female Super Bantam Champ Jackie Nava, 16-2-2 (9), made a successful defense by outpointing Lina Ramirez, 6-11-1 (2), in a ten round battle between Tijuana natives.

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