Sweet victory

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Sunday, June 8, 2014


THE four-year wait was worth it as Marvin Sonsona finally settled his score with tormentor Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.

The 23-year-old Sonsona walked away with a split decision over Vazquez Jr. yesterday at the Madison Square Garden and avenged his only career defeat back in 2010.

Judges Julie Lederman and Michael Pernick had identical scores of 96-92 for Sonsona, while judge John Poturaj saw it 96-92 for Vazquez.

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Sonsona came out strong and immediately made his presence felt by sending Vazquez Jr. to the canvas in the opening round with a shot to the body.

Sonsona, however, was deducted a point in the fifth for apparently hitting the 29-year-old Vazquez at the back of the head.

The fight was filled with hugging and clinching for most of the 10-round bout but the two judges favored Sonsona for being more aggressive and landing the cleaner punches.

In 2010, Sonsona and Vazquez Jr. fought for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight crown at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. A 19-year-old Sonsona jumped two divisions higher and fought a natural and stronger super bantamweight in Vazquez Jr. The Puerto Rican easily disposed off of Sonsona in the third round.

Sonsona erased that bitter taste that that defeat by beating Vazquez yesterday and also winning the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) featherweight belt.

Sonsona improved to 19-1-1 with 15 knockouts and continues his ascent in the featherweight division. Vazquez Jr. dropped down to 23-3-1 with 19 knockouts.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 09, 2014.

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