The bout, set for June 7th, has been one of the bouts added to the Sergio Martinez-Miguel Cotto under card and will be for the NABF Featherweight title as well as revenge for Sonsona.
The men first met back in February 2010 when both unbeaten starlets rising through the rankings. On that particular day however a baby faced and under-sized Sonsona was stopped in 4 by the naturally bigger and more developed Vazquez. At the time Sonsona was just a kid in boxing terms aged just 19 and whilst WV2 was a youngster himself he was still significantly older at 25 years old.
Since then Sonsona has grown up. He has developed both physically and mentally. He has shed some of his childish out of the ring tendencies and whilst he's still not the most mature of people he is no longer the wild child of Filipino boxing. It seems he had someone give him the proverbial "last chance" warning and finally clicked that he has the raw talent to become a very rich individual.
The development of Sonsona was seen just a few months back when he starched Akifumi Shimoda in 3 rounds in Macau. The shot he delivered showed his talent whilst his willingness to wait for the opportunity was mature and very much a case of his experience being shown. It was one of the highlights of the year and one of the best KO's we've been privy to in 2014.
The KO over Shimoda was Sonsona's 4th straight win since the loss to Vazquez.
For the Puerto Rican things haven't been so great. He has won 5 bouts since beating Sonsona but lost 3 including notable upset losses to a shop worn Jorge Arce and a criminally under-rated Yasutaka Ishimoto. Whilst their was no real harm in losing to Nonito Donaire in 2012 it does add to the Filipino-Puerto Rico sub story that some will develop for this fight.
Although we expect Vazquez, now 29, to start as the betting favourite we do view this as a very competitive match up between two men looking for a big win to put them in line for a title fight. With that in mind we've got to favour Sonsona who has the added fire of wanting revenge as well as his chance to become a multi-weight world champion.
(Image, of Sonsona, courtesy of boxrec.com)