Sometimes the best thing a fighter can do is win. They don't need to make it pretty but just win. That's even more important when facing a fighter who has previously beaten you.
That seemed to be what was on the mind of "Marvellous" Marvin Sonsona (19-1-1, 15) late on Saturday night when he avenged the sole defeat of his career and out pointed a lackadaisical Wilfredo Vazquez Jr (23-4-1, 19) in a fight that certainly didn't set the world alight despite showing some burst of very impressive work.
The fight started sensationally for Sonsona who managed to dropped Vazquez with a body shot inside a round. It was really a marvellous start for the Filipino whop seemed set to avenge his his loss in the most sensationally way imaginable. Unfortunately the knockdown was the fights sole highlight and from then on it was all down hill.
In rounds 2 and 3 Sonsona won as the fight gradually became messier and messier. Both guys held, neither guy seemed able to connect with much of note and in all honesty the fight began to just suddenly break down.
If round 4 was bad then it just got worse with Sonsona fighting in bursts and Vazquez doing very little other than following and being held when he was too close for comfort. It was atrocious with the referee often having more to do than the actual fighters who were happy to hold and make a mess of the action. It seemed clear that the messier it was the safer it was, though it did cost Sonsona a point in round 6 when he landed a shot on the break.
The security of the messy action vanished in round 7 when Sonsona was hurt by an accidental head clash in the opening moments and then a low blow soon afterwards. They weren't nasty accidental fouls but Sonsona did milk them for what they were worth.
After forgettable action in rounds 8 and 9 we got to the final round with the bout seemingly in Sonsona's control. Suddenly we got some interesting in round 10 what what looked to be an American Football tackle by Vazquez and, later in the round, the referee seemed to be caught by a punch from both men. It was certainly the most notable part of the fight other than the knockdown, a real shame.
Oddly the bout was some how scored a split decision with everyone scoring the bout 96-92, though one judge some how managed to score it it for Vazquez Jr who was, in all honesty, the clear loser.
Although the fight failed to come alive it's a fight that will have mentally done Sonsona a lot of favours and will almost certainly help him move on to the next level as he attempts to become a 2-time world champion.
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