Stephen Smith confident of winning world title from Jason Sosa

Stephen Smith
Stephen Smith beat Daniel Brizuela in his last fight in May

Stephen Smith is confident it will be second time lucky when he challenges American Jason Sosa for the WBA 'world' super-featherweight title on Saturday.

Liverpool's Smith lost to IBF champion Jose Pedraza in April but believes Sosa's style is perfect for him.

On the same show in Monte Carlo, Doncaster's Jamie McDonnell defends his WBA 'world' bantamweight title against Venezuela's Liborio Solis.

"If I land flush on him I can really hurt him," said the 31-year-old Smith.

"I hit as hard as anyone in the division. But I have to use my ability and skill first and foremost, make him miss and make him look stupid at times.

"This is chalk and cheese to the Pedraza fight. Jose is a tall, distance fighter who moves a lot and relies on his skills, so it was always going to be a cagey fight.

"Sosa is short, strong and known as a big puncher, so I have got to force him into mistakes and use my skills to get him onto my shots."

Sosa, 28, climbed off the canvas before stopping Javier Fortuna in the 11th round and claiming the title in June.

McDonnell, 30, is making the fifth defence of his title against Solis, who is bidding to become the second Venezuelan in recent months to dethrone a British world champion.

In September, Jorge Linares outclassed Manchester's Anthony Crolla to secure the WBA lightweight title.

"McDonnell is good, uses his jab well, throws good combinations and is also a strong guy," said the 34-year-old Solis, who is a former super-flyweight world champion and, at 5ft 4in, six inches shorter than the champion.

"His height could affect me a little bit but I have the tools and potential to win the world title."

Also on the bill, four-time world title challenger Martin Murray faces Nigeria's Nuhu Lawal at super-middleweight, while unbeaten Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz faces American Malik Scott.

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