TWO PINOY boxers will be in two world championship bouts next Sunday in two different venues in South America.
World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight champion Rodel Mayol will defend his world title against tough Mexican veteran Omar Niño Romero in Guadalajara, Mexico while former world champion Marvin Sonsona vies for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight crown against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
Mayol captured the WBC crown after dethroning Mexican Edgar Sosa with a second round stoppage last Nov. 21 in his fifth title attempt.
Mayol was supposed to defend his title against Christian Mijares on Feb. 27 in Cancun, Mexico; however, the two-division world champion was pulled out of the fight because the broken eardrum he suffered in his last bout in Dec. 12 hasn’t healed properly.
On the other hand, Sonsona is gunning for his second division world title against Vazquez Jr., after moving up two divisions higher.
The undefeated Sonsona, 19, relinquished his WBO super flyweight belt after failing to make the weight in his first defense against Alejandro Hernandez last Nov. 21 in Ontario, Canada.
The youngster from Gen. Santos City, the hometown of pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao, said that he is in tip-top condition for his fight next Sunday.
“I’ve already done multiple sessions of 12 rounds without any problems. I arrived in Puerto Rico extremely fit and ready for this fight,” he said in a report posted at fightnews.com.
However, according to a report in philboxing.com, Sonsona is five pounds overweight with just 10 days before fight night.