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Marvin “Marvelous” Sonsona, one of the fighters that is expected to keep Philippine boxing in the forefront for years to come, suffered a devastating defeat against Wilfredo Vasquez Jr.
With the win, Sonsona had the chance to be the youngest Filipino to win two titles in two different divisions, but it wasn’t meant to be as Vasquez Jr. was just as hungry to make history. Now, Vasquez Jr., along with his father, becomes the first father and son from Puerto Rico to become champions.
This fight was expected to be competitive and action-packed, but after the first round, it was all Vasquez as he stalked Sonsona and punished him with vicious body punches.
In the first round, Sonsona showed that he clearly had the advantage in speed and quickness as he landed more punches and was able to get away from Vasquez effectively by using lateral movements. But after the first round, Vasquez took his father’s advice to concentrate more to the body. It proved to be the major factor in the fight.
Vasquez also smartly took advantage of Sonsona’s tendency to keep his hands low. As Vasquez started to land his left hook to the top, it opened up Sonsona’s body, which the former kept punishing, especially when he got Sonsona on the ropes.
Vasquez also showed his advantage in experience as he took his time in breaking down Sonsona. He never put himself in a vulnerable position as he remained calm and never became too aggressive, even when it seemed that he hurt Sonsona.
Then in the fourth round Vasquez, the much stronger fighter started to force his will on Sonsona as the latter spend most of the round backing up and throwing weak jabs that was unable to hold off Vasquez. Vasquez then as cornered Sonsona on the ropes and landed a left hook to the left side of Sonsona. Sonsona was still able to throw a punch, but on a delayed reaction dropped to the floor and was unable to beat the count.
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