Quijano: Uppercut from hell makes ref forget his math

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By Jingo Quijano

Last Round

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


WITH one punch that traveled less than two feet, Marvin Sonsona was able to resurrect his career with an uppercut from hell.

Faced with cynicism from pundits on whether he still had his head on the game, Sonsona demonstrated that he is still world-champion material and that prodigious power punch reminded us why we were enamored with him in the first place.

THE FIGHT. In the first minute of the first round, Sonsona and Akifumi Shimoda (28-4, 12KOs) were both tentative as they felt each other out, but towards the end of round, Sonsona had landed a couple of left straights that snapped his Japanese foe’s head back several times.

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In the second, Shimoda came alive and landed his fair share of hooks and straights, but Sonsona also landed a couple of left straights and uppercuts. It was a harbinger of terrible things to come for Shimoda.

Things heated up in the third round with both men having measured the proper punching distance, when suddenly things came to a violent end as Sonsona unleashed a left uppercut that landed squarely on Shimoda’s chin.

The blow was thrown with such torque that Shimoda careened forward then fell back, banging his head on the canvass.

My prolific companero Danrex Tapdasan who was doing third man duties on the ring that night, didn’t even bother to count.

And that’s not because he is a lawyer, mind you.

UPPERCUTS. That sensational one-punch knockout is definitely in line for knockout of the year honors. It also made me recall an interesting discussion I had a few years ago with my fellow sportswriters about the most dangerous punch in boxing.

The left hook is widely accepted as the most dangerous, especially when it lands against an orthodox or right-handed fighter.

But I have always been partial to the uppercut. Its beauty lies in its deviousness, its being unseen.

Because a fighter doesn’t look down, an uppercut is usually not in his peripheral vision, unlike the hook, or the straight which is coming right at him.

Its impact is debilitating in the sense that it usually snaps the head back since it is a blow coming up and doesn’t always result in an immediate knockdown.

It stuns momentarily before the real effects descend upon the vanquished fighter. In Akifumi’s case, he leaned forward for an instant, then fell back and was unconscious for about 5 minutes.

SERVANIA AND VILLANUEVA IN MACAU. The next generation of ALA fighters will be strutting their wares in Macau this Saturday with Genesis Servania taking on Alexander Munoz of Venezuela and Arthur Villanueva taking on Fernando Aguilar of Mexico.

Servania (23-0, 9KOs) the WBO Inter-continental super bantamweight title he when his knocked out Panamanian banger Rafael Concepcion in two rounds in October of last year.

Munoz is a veteran fighter who has fought world champions Leo Santa Cruz, Christian Mijares and Koki Kameda.

With a record of 36 wins, 5 losses and 28 via the short route, Munoz is certainly no pushover and should provide a good metric of whether or not Servania is now ready for the top-tier fighters in his division.

Aguilar is a last minute sub as Villanueva was originally penciled to fight the more accomplished Juan Hernandez, but the latter figured in a motorcycle accident.

My schedule would not permit me to re-visit Macau again this weekend, and I’m actually feeling a pang of regret that I will be missing this event.

Well, let’s just catch the replay on Sunday, 10 a.m. at ABS-CBN.

LAST ROUNDS. Are on Atty Oscar Ma. Tan Jr. who celebrates his birthday this week, and my high-school buddy Ian Go who is in town. Cheers guys!

(jingo_quijano@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 26, 2014.

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