Vazquez calls Sonsona 'dirty, rotten fighter'


Posted at Jun 09 2014 12:43 PM | Updated as of Jun 09 2014 08:43 PM

Puerto Rican boxer Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. is not at all convinced that he lost to Filipino Marvin Sonsona in their featherweight rematch at Madison Square Garden in New York last weekend.

Vazquez knocked out Sonsona when they first fought in 2010 at the junior featherweight division, but it was the Filipino who came out on top in the rematch, winning a split decision.

Vazquez was unimpressed, however, telling ESPN that Sonsona was a "dirty, rotten fighter."

"I tried to pressure him. He kept holding," he added. "He got in one good punch – the one that knocked me down."

Vazquez tasted the canvas in the first round, although he managed to beat the 10-count. It was a foul-filled fight the rest of the way.

Sonsona was deducted a point in the sixth round for hitting Vazquez in the back of the head, and then he got the worst of an accidental head butt in the seventh round.

At the end of the day, however, it was Sonsona who got the nod of two judges, who scored the bout 96-92 in his favor. The other judge had the same score, but in favor of Vazquez.

"I thought I won easily," said Vazquez.

Meanwhile, Sonsona acknowledged that it was a "tough fight."

"I didn't fight as well as I should have," he admitted. "I tried my very best. I am so happy about the win. I had a hard time with him. He's a really good fighter."