Pinoy boxer Marvin Sonsona, 19, is new WBO Junior Bantamweight World Champion
"Marvelous" Marvin Sonsona, 19, defeated reigning World Boxing Organization Junior Bantamweight World Champion Jose "Carita" Lopez Jr. to win the title in a victory by decision at the "Rumble in Rama IX" match at Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada, reports fightfan.com.
In only his 14th professional fight, Sonsona is now the youngest Filipino boxing champion and possibly the youngest world boxing champion. Touted as "The Next Manny Pacquiao," Sonsona is also a native of General Santos City and a southpaw like Pacquiao.
Boxingscene.com reports that Sonsona (14-0, 12KOs), beat the 37-year-old Puerto Rican Lopez (39-8-2, 32KOs) by unanimous decision. The scores were 114-111, 115-110 and 116-109.
According to braggingrightscorner.com, Orion Sports Management President Allan Tremblay, who got Sonsona's Canadian promotional rights, said this about the young boxer: "This kid is, without a doubt, the future of the sport of boxing. Limitless potential like Sonsona's is a rarity. When you see what this kid was able to do as an 18-year-old, and what he's capable of down the road, I have no doubt that in a couple of years, when Manny Pacquiao has retired, he'll be the number-one boxing superstar in the Philippines."