Marvin Sonsona Loses Belt Then Salvages a DrawCategory: Boxing
This is why there can never be another Manny Pacquiao.
Touted as the next in the long line of Filipino boxers groomed to follow the footsteps of the greatest Filipino boxer, Marvin Sonsona delivered a disappointing performance not worthy of comparison to even the Pacman’s worst.
Marvin “Marvelous” Sonsona became the second youngest Filipino world champion in history after defeating WBO Junior Bantamweight champion Jose Lopez of Puerto Rico last September at Casino Rama, in Rama, Ontario, Canada.
Just two months later, Sonsona made his first title defense against Alejandro Hernandez of Mexico in the main event of Rumble at Rama X at Casino Rama, in Rama, Ontario, Canada on November 21, 2009. Yes, the same place where he captured his WBO bantamweight belt.
But in the morning weigh-in, Sonsona failed to make weight when he tipped the scales at 117.6 lbs; 2.6 lbs above the 115 lbs bantamweight limit. His handlers advised him not to shed the excess poundage to preserve his strength for the fight.
Consequently, he was stripped of his WBO Junior Bantamweight belt. Because of this, Marvin Sonsona now holds the record of the shortest boxing title reign by a Filipino after only 2 months and 17 days. He broke the previous record of 2 months and 25 days by Roberto Cruz in 1963.
The worse is yet to come as in the evening, Sonsona was lucky to have managed a draw against the very determined Alejandro Hernandez via scores of 115-113, 113-115 and 114-114.
Sonsona is still undefeated with 14 wins (12 via KO). He plans to move up to the next weight division.
Here’s the Marvin Sonsona vs Alejandro Hernandez video of the fight:
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