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Jason Sosa is heading overseas to make his first junior lightweight title defense. He will face Stephen Smith on Nov. 12 at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco.The fight represents a change of plans for Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs) of Camden, New Jersey. Initially, he was going to defend his secondary 130-pound title this fall against 21-year-old Baltimore product Gervonta Davis (16-0, 15 KOs), a Floyd Mayweather protégé. But Sosas co-promoter, Russell Peltz, told ESPN.com that when Davis and his team failed to finalize the fight, Sosas team moved on to make a deal with Smith and his promoter, Matchroom Boxings Eddie Hearn.We are fighting Stephen Smith Nov. 12 in Monte Carlo. Davis or his team priced themselves out, Peltz said.Sosa, 28, fought to a 10-round majority draw with former featherweight titlist Nicholas Walters in December 2015 in a fight that virtually all observers had Walters winning easily. But the draw put Sosa in position for a shot at secondary titleholder Javier Fortuna, and they fought on June 24 in Beijing.Down on all three scorecards, Sosa rallied for an 11th-round knockout in a major upset to win the belt.The title shot will be the second for Smith, 31, who is part of a Liverpool, England, fighting family. He is one of four brothers who box professionally. Liam Smith lost a junior middleweight world title by ninth-round knockout to Canelo Alvarez on Sept. 17; Callum Smith is a super middleweight contender; and Paul Smith has challenged twice for the super middleweight title.Stephen Smith challenged junior lightweight titlist Jose Pedraza on April 16 at the Foxwoods resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut, on a Showtime-televised card, but Smith lost a unanimous decision in a competitive fight. He rebounded with a seventh-round knockout of Daniel Eduardo Brizuela on May 29 and is excited to get another chance at a world title.Im delighted to have this fight, really grateful for the opportunity as I believe its a fight I will win, Smith told ESPN.com on Saturday. The fact that I got the chance so soon after Pedraza was even better. I was happy to fight again straight after that fight (against Brizuela), and it has proved beneficial now with this opportunity coming about.I think Sosa is a good, solid fighter without being spectacular in any area in particular. He has had a couple of decent results lately -- drawing with Walters, then beating Fortuna -- although, like many, I thought Walters won. [Sosas] confidence should be high, and I should be facing him at his best, which Im relishing.Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, who represents Fortuna but also has options on Sosa, said the winner of Sosa-Smith will have to face Fortuna next. Fortuna (30-1-1, 22 KOs), of the Dominican Republic, has the contractual right to a rematch against Sosa or to a fight against an opponent who defeats him.Fortuna, 27, rebounded from the loss to Sosa with a second-round knockout of countryman Marlyn Cabrera on Sept. 23.One of the fights in the works for the card is a rematch between former super middleweight titleholder Arthur Abraham (45-5, 30 KOs) of Germany, and Englands Martin Murray (33-4-1, 16 KOs). Abraham, 36, claimed a split decision against Murray in a November 2015 title defense.Abraham lost the 168-pound belt in his next fight to Mexicos Gilberto Ramirez but rebounded with a win on July 16. Murray, 34, bounced back with a win after the loss to Abraham but then lost his next bout, a unanimous 12-round decision to countryman George Groves on June 25. Solomon Thomas 49ers Jersey. Clarkson had been dealing with an elbow injury in early January and will be out of action for at least one week. 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DALLAS -- Jalen Robinette and the Air Force Falcons havent even led since a win over service academy rival Navy that had them unbeaten and maybe thinking about a national ranking.Now its just about survival in the Mountain West Conference.Teriyon Gipson rushed for 140 yards with a touchdown and caught a pass for another score, leading New Mexico to a 45-40 victory over Air Force on Saturday.The Falcons (4-2, 1-2 Mountain West) lost their second straight, and have trailed from the opening minutes to the finish both times after a 35-26 loss at Wyoming a week earlier.When we were 4-0, there was a lot of hype going around, said Robinette, who had his third straight 100-yard receiving game. Came up short twice, but those are the ones that hurt because youre right there. With the group we have, we keep our heads up.Playing at the historic Cotton Bowl not far from his Dallas high school, Gipson ran 60 yards down the sideline on an option pitch to give the Lobos (3-3, 2-1) a 14-3 lead in the first quarter.The neutral site game at the Texas state fair featured teams with a combined 51 players from the Lone Star State, including 17 starters.I always dreamed about playing in the Cotton Bowl, watching Texas-OU, being from Dallas, its right up the street, Gipson said. My first time playing in it, I wanted to make it memorable.Nate Romine threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns for the Falcons.New Mexicos nation-leading rushing offense had 373 yards against an Air Force defense that was No. 2 nationally against the run and had allowed 401 yards all season coming in.The teams combined for 974 yards -- 443 for New Mexico and 531 for Air Force -- and eight scoring drives of 70-plus yards.But both defenses stiffened in the fourth quarter, when the Lobos had just 9 yards rushing and punted four times. Romine was sacked three times after halftime, and Air Force stalled twice in the final 3 1/2 minutes when a touchdown would have put the Falcons ahead.When you know its going to be a shootout game type like that, youve just got to buckle down and know that weve got to score every drive, said Jacobi Owens, who led Air Forrce with 106 yards rushing.dddddddddddd Sadly at the end, we didnt score every drive.Lamar Jordan had a career-high two touchdown passes for the ground-oriented Lobos. After a 12-yarder to Gipson midway through the second quarter, he floated one to a wide-open Q Drennan for a 45-yard score . It was one of the nine plays of 30-plus yards in the game.Robinette finished with season highs of seven catches for 182 yards, including a 53-yard score .Tyrone Owens had a career-high 126 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Lobos, who got two rushing TDs from Richard McQuarley.STAYING NEUTRALIt was actually the third neutral site game between these schools from neighboring western states. Two of the first three games in the series were played in Denver in 1957 and 1959, just up the road from Air Forces Colorado Springs campus. The high-scoring game came 57 years after Air Force played one of two scoreless ties in the Cotton Bowl game, against TCU.GAME HELMETAfter the game, Gipson handed his helmet to 8-year-old nephew Marcell Gipson Jr., one of several family members in attendance. Thats my biggest fan, Gipson said. Hes been watching me since high school, middle school. He called my name all the time on the sidelines so after the game I had to go show him some love.THE TAKEAWAYNew Mexico: The Lobos bounced back strong from a blowout loss to No. 15 Boise State and might have taken a big step toward a second straight bowl season under fifth-year coach Bob Davie.Air Force: The Falcons might have been thinking about making a run for the Top 25 after improving to 4-0 with a win over Navy, which handed No. 13 Houston its first loss a week later. But consecutive Mountain West losses have changed their outlook.UP NEXTNew Mexico: Home against Louisiana-Monroe next Saturday.Air Force: Home against Hawaii next Saturday.---This story corrects previous versions to show 9 yards rushing in the fourth quarter for New Mexico instead of 10 and 182 yards receiving for Jalen Robinette instead of 169. Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '


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