It was May 28, 2009 when Marvin Sonsona fought the sturdy Wandee Singwancha a veteran of 70 fights at the Cebu Coliseum for the WBO oriental flyweight title I thought it was too soon for him to fight a veteran with only 13 pro fights but I was mistaken when he caught Singwancha carelessly heading on coming in with a wild straight that was greeted with a vicious left uppercut that made the Thai unconscious for a minute in the canvass in round 2. It wasn’t a lucky punch that got him the win it was a well timed uppercut which was perfected hours and hours in the gym. Taking on WBO super flyweight champion Jose “Carita” Lopez could have resulted in two ways a perfect equation for a career disaster or a mark in history for the youngest Phil. Champion although this could spark a good debate when originally it was Morris East the half Filipino fighter who was 19 years and 31 days old when he became a champion it’s already in the books but Marvin in my opinion could share with East’s record considering East is only 50 percent Filipino technically.
Lopez who was never been down on his career tasted Sonsona’s raw power in the fourth round and wobbled his legs; everybody thought it was the end for Lopez but his resiliency kept him going and survived Marvin’s onslaught. “He surprised me that he hit so hard” Lopez told El Nuevo Dia after the fight. I was surprise to see his maturity in the ring it wasn’t any other 19 year old fighter who took Lopez’s best shots and carried the fight all throughout. Boxing beautifully to negate Lopez’s aggression then displaying a world class chin after being hit with a right straight Marvin had done everything to get Lopez’s crown; credit also to his knockdown which resulted in a 10-8 round then two deductions on Lopez for low blows. Lopez maybe a veteran of 49 fights but Marvin is also a decorated amateur of 150 fights.
I am now a firm Sonsona believer although the kid still needs a lot of work on his arsenal. There are talks about a Darchinyan unification bout or a fight against Arce later this year but for now let the kid savor his victory. So how marvelous is Marvin? Simply Marvelous.