Sonsona finally leaves for US Wednesday night

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 06 2010 06:12 PM | Updated as of Jan 07 2010 02:12 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- Former world champion “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona will finally leave for the US on Wednesday night after having the trip postponed twice.

A report by PhilBoxing.com said the former World Boxing Organization (WBO) super flyweight champion will be accompanied to Los Angeles, California by his trainer Nonito Donaire Sr. and fellow boxer Ciso “Kid Terrible” Morales.

The trio was supposed to fly to the US last Monday to begin training but the 19-year-old Sonsona has failed to take the flight from General Santos City to Manila.

This prompted promoter Sammy Gello-ani to travel to Gensan and pick up Sonsona to make sure he remains committed for the February 27 title fight against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in Puerto Rico.

Gello-ani said that the Puerto Rican promoters have already spent a lot to build-up the WBO super bantamweight title fight. He added that Sonsona also has to attend “a very important press conference” on January 14 and that “everybody wanted to see him there.”

On the other hand, Morales will face WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel in a title fight on Top Rank Promotions’ “Pinoy Power III”.

Morales was set to arrive in Manila from Cebu along with Donaire at 6:30 p.m. and would be joined by Sonsona on the Philippine Airlines flight to San Francisco where they will train at the Kennel Boxing Gym.

Gello-ani claimed the young Sonsona, who still wanted to enjoy life, will have to work on his maturity.

“I hope he will mature after a year or even after this fight,” he said.

Sonsona became the youngest Filipino world champion in recent years after outpointing Jose “Carita” Lopez for the WBO super flyweight title in September 2009.

He, however, lost the crown after failing to make weight during his first title defense last November against Alejandro Hernandez. The fight ended in a d raw the title remains vacant.