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Sosa preps up for Nietes

Mexican training with Barrera brod.

Former world champion Edgar Sosa is neck-deep in training in Mexico City, looking determined to ruin Filipino pride Donnie Nietes’ planned invasion of the flyweight ranks on Sept. 24 in Carson, California.

Reports from the Mexican capital say that Sosa, who made eleven successful defenses of the world light-fly title from 2007 until 2009, is being trained by Jorge Barrera, brother of Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera, in the area of Iztacalco.

Mexican fight scribe Salvador Rodriguez tells Tempo that Sosa’s trainers know Nietes very well since some of them were involved when Nietes fought Moises Fuentes, another Mexican fighter the Negros-born, Cebu-based puncher beat convincingly.

“The gym where Sosa train is close to the Romanza Gym where Nacho Beristain and Juan Manuel Marquez makes his training camp,” said Rodriguez, stressing that Sosa has been training like a man possessed.

Sosa, 37, will enter the ring with a 52-9-0 (win-loss-draw) record with 30 KOs while Nietes will come in with a 38-1-4 with 22 KOs.

Nietes is likewise in the thick of training, opting to use the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood as training headquarters.

Nietes arrived in the US two weeks ago with unbeaten feather Mark Magsayo and super-fly King Arthur Villanueva and the Villamor brothers Edito and Edmond, both tasked to work with Freddie Roach in getting the fighters whip themselves in shape.

A victory by Sosa over Nietes, 34, should prevent ALA Boxing from pursuing its huge plans for 2017.