May 13th 2018-SM City North EDSA Skydome , Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Marvin Sonsona (20-1-1, 15) vs Arief Blader (23-27-2, 8)
This past weekend fans had the chance to see the enigmatic Marvin Sonsona return to the ring after almost 3 years away, to take on Arief Blader. The former WBO Super Flyweight champion was unable to make the contracted 141lbs for this bout, coming in at the Welterweight limit for the bout, an amazing 32lbs heavier than he was in his world title winning bout against Jose Lopez back in 2009.
July 7th 2007-Ynares Plaza Gymnasium (Covered Court), Binangonan, Rizal, Philippines
Marvin Sonsona (0-0) vs Richard Donaire (0-0)
The prodigous Marvin Sonsona made his debut aged 16, almost 10 years ago, and faced off with fellow debutant Richard Donaire. Interestingly both fighters were cousins of notable Filipino fighters, Eden Sonsona was Marvin's cousin whilst Richard's cousins were Nonito and Glenn Donaire.
September 29th 2007-Ynares Plaza Gymnasium (Covered Court), Binangonan, Rizal, Philippines
Marvin Sonsona (1-0) vs Noel Guliman (6-7-2, 3)
Filipino fighter Marvin Sonsona was a prodigy. There is no two ways about it, he was gifted in ways that others would kill for. Sadly like most prodigies he failed to hit the heights expected of him. Here we see his second professional bout, which came against Noel Guliman.
May 28th 2009-Cebu Coliseum, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Marvin Sonsona (12-0, 11) Vs Wandee Singwancha (57-10-1, 12)
There are a lot of words used to describe Marvin Sonsona and they range from frustrating to amazing, gifted to lazy but one thing that cannot be argued is "heavy handed", as seen in his numerous KO wins, including his brilliant KO of Akifumi Shimoda. Another man who knows how hard Sonsona hits is Wandee Singwancha [วันดี สิงห์วังชา] who faced a sensational looking 18 year old Sonsona.
June 7th 2014-Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
Marvin Sonsona (18-1-1, 15) Vs Wilfredo Vazquez Jr (23-3-1, 19)
Filipino fighter Marvin Sonsona is certainly an enigma. At times he looks like a sensation whilst at others he looks like an man who doesn't want to be in the ring. Both of those sides of Sonsona were seen when he fought a rematch with Wilfredo Vazquez Jr, the only man to have beaten the Filipino.
February 22nd 2014-Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China
Marvin Sonsona (17-1-1, 14) Vs Akifumi Shimoda (28-3-2, 12)
Back in 2014 we had the chance to see a really intriguing match up between former world champions as former WBO Super Flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona, a genuine Filipino enigma, took on former WBA Bantamweight champion Akifumi Shimoda [下田 昭文]. For those who haven't watched this one, we're just going to say that the ending is spectacular and well worth watching the fight just to see the dramatic finish.
Filipino youngster Marvin Sonsona seems likely to be one of boxing's modern day enigma's. At his best he is a tremendous fighter with all the tools to be a true star of the sport whilst at his worst he is a nightmare to watch and a man who can turn fans away almost as easily as he can excite them.
Part of the Sonsona enigma was shown in his bout with the teak tough, though at the time relatively unknown, Alejandro Hernandez. The bout came just 2 months after Sonsona had won the WBO Super Flyweight title though saw him being forced to vacate the belt after missing the Super Flyweight limit by more than 2lbs. In the ring the contest was incredibly competitive but the failure to make weight seemed to begin a career crisis for Sonsona who would suffer a stoppage in his very next fight before almost retiring from the sport. As for Hernandez we recently saw him in a contest with Tomoki Kameda in which he gave the Japanese fighter a very tough contest.
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