Much of "Ring of Gold" looked like mismatches with one man so heavily favoured over the other that there was an inevitability to them. Not all the fights however were easy to predict and the 6th fight on the show was certainly a more 50-50 contest and a fight that had boxing fans and media alike split over who would win.
The bout in question saw Japan's Akifumi Shimoda (28-4-2, 12) fighting against Filipino Marvin Sonsona (18-1-1, 15) .
What made it so interesting was that it was hard to split the men on paper. Both were former world champions with Shimoda having held the WBA Super Bantamweight title and Sonsona having been a former WBO Super Flyweight champion, both had their strengths with Shimoda having the better all-round skills whilst Sonsona was the power puncher and of course both had their fans championing their cause.
The established knowledge of both men saw and split views on them saw the bookies struggling to split them with the bout almost matched up as an events match. And through the first 2 rounds it was hugely even and massively competitive with neither man really managing to take control though Shimoda did appear to win both of them.
After the two opening and highly competitive rounds we then saw the power of Sonsona come in to play as he landed a devastating uppercut that sent Shimoda down in a heap. The Japanese fighter, who was down for a long time, did look in a bad way for a few minutes before finally getting back to his stool to regain his senses.
Although the bout had started evenly it had ended in eye catching fashion with a true KO of the year contender and a punch that deserves to be replaced time and time again. It was a beauty and it showed the advantage of really thunderous power and great hand speed.
With the victory Sonsona claimed the WBO International Featherweight title.
(Picture courtesy of boxrec.com)
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