Last time in Reliving the Finish we looked at Akifumi Shimoda's TKO loss to Rico Ramos. Sadly for Shimoda that's not even the worst KO loss of his career, that came several years later in 2014, in one of the year's best KO's of the year.
Marvin Sonsona (17-1-1, 14) Vs Akifumi Shimoda (28-3-2, 12)
In January 2011 Akifumi Shimoda won the WBA Super Bantamweight title and the following July he was stopped by Rico Ramos, losing his title in eye catching fashion. Following that loss Shimoda had managed to get his career back on track, going unbeaten in 6 bouts and getting himself on the verge of another world title fight.
Whilst Shimoda was rebuilding his career after a loss Filipino Marvin Sonsona was in a similar position, if not an even more intriguing one. The Filipino had won the WBO Super Flyweight title in September 2009, lost it on the scales, just 2 months later and then suffered a loss to Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. Following the loss to Vazquez, in February 2010, Sonsona had fought just 3 times in almost 4 years, completely wasting his once promising career.
This was the definition of a crossroad fight. Both men needed a win and neither could afford a loss.
The first 2 rounds of the bout saw Shimoda being the busier man whilst Sonsona looked the quicker man, but also the lazier man, doing little in terms of output but looking like he was getting a read on the Japanese fighter. Although it was clear Shimoda was doing more he never looked like he could hurt the confident and cocksure Filipino.
In round 3 things changed as Sonsona finally showed the touches of boxing genius that excited Filipino fans and seen him become one of the top youngsters in the sport. Before he ruined his own career with unprofessionalism.
Just over a minute into the round and with Sonsona's back on the ropes he threw a blinding jab, it missed by kept Shimoda's attention before a perfect left uppercut crashed onto Shimoda's chin. It was the perfect uppercut from Sonsona and landed as sweet as a peach, dropping Shimoda flat.
The win helped resurrect Sonsona's career. though sadly he failed to get things back on track and just a fight later had again turned the boxing world against him, with a dull and dreary non-performance in a rematch against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. As for Shimoda his career continued with mixed results before he finally retired, having never got another world title shot.
Thinking Out East
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