By James Blears
Chetumal’s Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson, who pulled off a stunner of seismic proportions with a second round TKO of Venezuela’s two division world champ Jorge “Nino de Oro” Linares, is surprisingly fighting Argentina’s Juan Ramon Solis for the WBC’s vacant super featherweight International silver belt. The fight with Linares was a lightweight eliminator.
Following his knockdown win over Linares, which ended due to a bad cut on March 31st at the Oasis Arena, located in the exquisite Grand Oasis Hotel in Cancun, Thompson got ranked number as the one challenger in the WBC’s lightweight divison. He remains there.
DeMarco has said he’d like to fight Thompson in his hometown of Los Mochis, Tijuana or Cancun. But since Sergio inserted that stunner to derail a planned July rematch between DeMarco and Linares, the nuts and bolts of a showdown against DeMarco for that title have not yet gelled.
Instead, Thompson fights 28th ranked super featherweight Solis, at the Grand Oasis this Saturday.
Sergio who says he can fight as slender as a featherweight and as heavy as a lightweight, but prefers to swap punches as a super featherweight. He credits his trainer, ex-WBC super flyweight champion Jose Luis Bueno for improving him as a fighter in the past year and a half, and says he’d like to fight for the super featherweight crown in December, hopefully at the WBC’s convention. The current champion is Takahiro Aoh of Japan.
Sergio who KO’d 20 of his 22 opponents with just two losses, was one of the few people who knew he could ambush Linares. He said he achieved it with what he smilingly described as his: “divine treasure!”