Marvin “Marvelous” Sonsona fought gallantly against a wily veteran in Jose”Carita” Lopez grabbing Lopez’s WBO super flyweight title and joined Morris East as one of the youngest Filipino fighter to win a world title. His first defense was against Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez which means little clown and turned out not little at all as he put Sonsona in deep trouble but came out short in the judges eyes as they scored the fight a draw. Even before Sonsona went to the ring he already lost his belt in the scales as he failed to tip the super flyweight limit of 115lbs. in fact he was two pounds and a half overweight in the weigh in. Many had surfaced about Marvin’s attitude taking his opponent lightly and not going to practice seriously. Success has gotten into him early and his confidence was riding high as people go to him saying how good he was and he was the next Pacquiao. It is every boxer’s duty to be in tiptop shape and to fight for the stipulated weight limit but Marvin refuses to go back to flyweight and instead went two divisions higher in the super bantamweight division. He was given a rare chance in fighting Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. for the vacant WBO super bantamweight title. Although this is a bit controversial with Sonsona who never fought in that division was rank no.3 by the WBO ahead of Super Bantam weight mainstay boxers such as Steve Molitor and Rogers Mtagwa that is boxing politics at its best. It is not only a golden opportunity but a chance to make history for Marvin by being the youngest Filipino boxer to win two divisional titles. Vasquez is not to be taken lightly with his 17-0 record and also a devastating boxer who trains with watchful eyes of his boxing legend father Wilfredo Vasquez Sr. who won three divisional titles. Two weeks prior to Sonsona’s training in the US he was never found. His promoter had to go to his hometown in Gensan to accompany him to Manila all the way to the US. He was five pounds overweight with 10 days to go for his title fight which is unlikely for a boxer who move up north two divisions higher.
He was acting like a spoiled brat and his making a lot of problems on his training camp and he is not listening to his coaches. He lacks the discipline and most of all his humility. Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. knocked Sonsona out in just four rounds and the lanky 19 year old boxer from General Santos Philippines is back to square one. The fight with Hernandez was an eye opener but Sonsona refused to acknowledge it until Vasquez woke him up.
“Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.”- Tryon Edwards