Double Assault | Sonsona Not Marvelous After AllCategory: Boxing
Last September 2009, Marvin “Marvelous” Sonsona became the second youngest Filipino world champion in history after defeating WBO Junior Bantamweight champion Jose Lopez of Puerto Rico. After that, many jumped on the bandwagon and hailed him as the next Manny Paquiao.
Just two months later, Sonsona disappointed those believers (myself included) after a dismal showing in his first title defense against Alejandro Hernandez of Mexico.
In the morning, he failed the weigh-in when he came 2.6 lbs. above the 115 lbs bantamweight limit and was consequently stripped of his WBO Junior Bantamweight belt. His title reign was a Philippine record for the shortest ever at only 2 months and 17 days. Then in the evening, he only managed a draw against Hernandez.
Looking to prove that he must be counted out yet, Marvin Sonsona moves two weight divisions higher at the Junior Featherweight limit to accommodate his growing physique.
He will face undefeated Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. of Puerto Rico for the vacant WBO Junior Featherweight belt at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico on February 27, 2010. The boxing event is titled “Double Assault” with Rodel Mayol and Omar Nino Romero battling it out for the WBC Light Flyweight Championship in the co-main event.
Sonsona is still undefeated with 14 wins (12 via KO) and still young at 19. Vasquez, Jr. (26 years old) is also undefeated with 16 wins (13 via KO). This will be a turning point match between these two fighters as only one of them will leave the ring with a still unblemished record.
UPDATE February 27, 2010: Marvin Sonsona was stopped with a body blow by Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. in the 4th Round giving the Puerto Rican his first world title. I can now conclude, Sonsona is not as “Marvelous” as he is. Heck, calling him in the same breath as Manny Pacquiao is a big mistake.
Check out the Marvin Sonsona vs Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. video of the fight below: