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 Last update:  2/18/2014       Read more by Ronnie Nathanielsz         
   
Marvin Sonsona Leaves For Career Defining Title Bout
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By Ronnie Nathanielsz

“Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona (17-1-1, 14 KO’s) who became the second youngest Filipino world champion at the age of 19 when he handily beat veteran Puerto Rican super flyweight champion Jose Carita Lopez but then fell prey to good times and a carefree lifestyle, seeks to resurrect his stature  in what many consider a career defining fight on February 22 in Macau.

Sonsona, his manager Dr. Rajan Yraola and veteran trainer Jun Agrabio all concede the 23 year old southpaw from General Santos City, the hometown of “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao and someone who was considered a possible heir-apparent to Pacquiao, faces a daunting task against former WBA world super bantamweight champion Akifumi Shimoda (28-3-2, 12 KO’s) of Japan who lost his title in a stunning 7th round knockout when he was in control of the fight and leading on the scorecards of all three judges but has since won six straight fights.

Sonsona and his team left for Macau on Tuesday, mindful of the fact that aside from the southpaw Shimoda being a tough opponent, they had less than a month to prepare  for the fight.

Team Sonsona has worked diligently to get Marvin in shape. He’s been jogging religiously every morning and working out in Dr. Yraola’s Gym along Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City and sparring at Pacquiao’s gym at MP Towers in Manila, regularly going twelve rounds with southpaw featherweights Cristian Abila and Archie Toquero.

Dr. Yraola told the Manila Standard that when Sonsona began training about a month ago he was 140 pounds but has now come down to 130 which is four pounds over the featherweight limit which shouldn’t be a problem as they reach the weigh-in on Friday.

Both Yraola and Agrabio told us that Sonsona had given up his fun-loving ways in a determined effort to regain his standing as a world title contender which he would surely accomplish with an impressive win over Shimoda who is quick, moves well but doesn’t have the power that Sonsona possesses.

With strength and conditioning coach Warren Pirante and nutritionist Roxanne De Villa in training camp Sonsona told us he feels stronger than ever and is in good shape.

The newly launched ABS-CBN Sports & Action Channel on Studio 23 will telecast the  Top Rank  fight card at 12:00 noon on Sunday.

Tags: Akifumi Shimoda , Marvin Sonsona


 

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comment by Box-Office, on 02-18-2014
[QUOTE=Black Barty]That "one loss" was four years ago, and since then he has done next to nothing. So it's really not just that "one loss". I'm not saying he has no future in boxing, I just wouldn't bet on it.[/QUOTE] Also his manager had to pull him out of numerous fights due to him not co...

comment by Black Barty, on 02-18-2014
[QUOTE=US Dirk Killer]Typical haters... proclaiming the kid is done after one loss. Guess Broner is dead in the water P.O.S[/QUOTE] That "one loss" was four years ago, and since then he has done next to nothing. So it's really not just that "one loss". I'm not saying he has no future in bo...

comment by US Dirk Killer, on 02-18-2014
Typical haters... proclaiming the kid is done after one loss. Guess Broner is dead in the water P.O.S

comment by Black Barty, on 02-18-2014
He was. But then he ran into the irresistible force of Vazquez Jr.

comment by Box-Office, on 02-18-2014
Wasnt this guy suppose to be second coming of Manny when he won the title at 19?

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