Sonsona gains revenge, beats Vazquez


Posted at Jun 08 2014 01:56 PM | Updated as of Jun 08 2014 09:56 PM

Marvin Sonsona of the Philippines wins a split decision over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. of Puerto Rico in their NABF Featherweight title fight on June 7 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images/Agence France-Presse

Filipino featherweight Marvin Sonsona gained his revenge against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., out-pointing the Puerto Rican boxer in a 10-round showdown at the Madison Square Garden on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

Vazquez knocked out Sonsona when they fought for the first time in February 2010, dropping the Filipino in the fourth round with a body shot.

Their rematch was a foul-filled affair which saw Sonsona get docked a point after punching Vazquez at the back of the head in the sixth round.

Sonsona sent Vazquez to the canvas in the very first frame, but the Puerto Rican beat the 10-count. It proved to be the highlight of the fight, as for the rest of the way, the two boxers were involved in a clinching and wrestling more than boxing.

Sonsona would go on to win a split decision, with two judges scoring the fight 96-92 in his favor, while the other judge had the same score in favor of Vazquez.

The Filipino hiked his record to 19-1-1, with 15 wins ending by knockout.

Vazquez lost for the fourth time in his career and is now 23-4-1, with 19 knockouts. He has alternated wins and losses in his last seven fights, which included a split decision defeat to Nonito Donaire in February 2012.