Marvin Sonsona scored a third-round technical knockout win over former World Boxing Association super bantamweight champion Akifumi Shimoda of Japan Saturday night at the Venetian Hotel in Macau, China.
Sonsona, who held the World Boxing Organization (WBO) super flyweight title at age 19, rocked the Japanese with strong body shots in the first three rounds before sending him to the canvas with an uppercut in third round.
“I know Marvin will win this fight. This is a good start for him to regain his lost glory as world champion,” said Sonsona’s manager Sammy Gello-ani in a phone interview. “Marvin really wanted to prove something and he did it last night.”
Shimoda, who dropped to 28-4-2 win-loss-draw slate with 12 knockouts, threw different combinations in the first three rounds and gave the 23-year-old General Santos native a good fight until the knockout came.
Referee Danrex Tapdasan stopped the fight with 1:17 left after Shimoda was out cold for few minutes before he regained his senses.
Sonsona captured the vacant WBO International featherweight belt and improved his record to 18-1-1 win-loss-draw with 15 knockouts.
Sonsona absorbed a fourth-round knockout loss to Puerto Rican Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in 2010 for the vacant WBO super bantamweight crown.
Sonsona rested for almost a year and won his last three fights before fighting a world title contender this year.
Another rising Filipino fighter, Harmonito dela Torre of Cagayan de Oro City, scored a first round knockout over Indonesian Yakobus Heluka to stay unbeaten in 12 fights.
Dela Torre’s compatriot, Jerwin Ancajas of Cavite, posted a second round technical knockout win over Inthanon Sithchamuang of Thailand.