Professional boxer Julian Sosa is busier than your average 20-year-old.
Sosa, a welterweight from Sunset Park, Brooklyn, has fought seven times since turning professional approximately a year and a half ago, including his impressive, unanimous six-round decision over Rene Marquez (5-2, KOs) Sunday at the Ford Amphitheater on Coney Island.
Though training and fighting don’t leave much time for the typical youthful shenanigans, Sosa (6-0-1, 2 KOs) doesn’t mind putting in the necessary long hours to reach his championship aspiration—something, he said, that’s gradually taking shape.
“It is a lot of work, a lot of sacrifices,” Sosa said. “But I’m willing to make those sacrifices because I have a vision. I have a dream, and nothing comes easy in life. So, I know I have to work for what I want. I’m glad everything is slowly starting to become a reality.”
The Sosa camp, comprised of his father/trainer Aureliano, his uncle Eusebio, and his strength and conditioning coach Hugh, set fourth a strategy in which the young pugilist would strike from the outside, as to avoid Marquez’s interior fighting style. Sosa said it worked like a charm.
While Sosa is usually ready to jump right back into the mix and start preparing for his next bout almost immediately, he said he’ll savor the sweet victory for the time being.
“As of right know, I just want to embrace this moment,” he said. “This (upcoming break) is only temporary. I want to celebrate with my family, and once the next week hits, I’ll be back in the gym, back to the drawing board. Whenever the next fight presents itself, I’ll be ready.”
Sosa and Marquez’s fight was part of the undercard to the Errol Spence Jr.—Lenard Bundu 12-round IBF Welterweight World Title Eliminator — won by Spence — as well as the Heather Hardy-Shelly Vincent 10-round WBC International Women’s Featherweight Championship, claimed by Hardy, on NBCSN.
By Jerry Del Priore