News | Sep 27 2016

Stephen Smith to face Jason Sosa for world title

Stephen Smith will get another shot at a title when he faces Jason Sosa
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SUPER-featherweight contender Stephen Smith fell short in his first world title opportunity earlier this year. On November 12, he will get another opportunity to become champion when he faces Jason Sosa for the WBA World super featherweight title, rumoured to take place in Monaco.

On Monday, the fight was confirmed by promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, whose fighter, Javier Fortuna, has a major stake in the Smith-Sosa fight. It’s his old belt that they will be fighting for and Fortuna wants it back.

“The winner of Sosa vs Smith will need to face Fortuna,” said Lewkowicz to Boxing News. “This is under contract. [They are] fighting in Monaco on November 12 so the winner signed that he will face Fortuna.”

Smith was dropped and then defeated by IBF World super featherweight champion Jose Pedraza last April, in what turned out to be a tough trip across the pond for the Liverpool native. He knocked out Argentine Daniel Eduardo Brizuela in Goddison Park six weeks later to return to title contention.