MANILA, Philippines -- Former world super flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona wants to become a world champion again.
To do that, the former World Boxing Organization (WBO) super flyweight champion will have to go through Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. on February 27 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
“He is a very talented fighter,” Sonsona told FightNews.com, describing his Puerto Rican opponent.
Both fighters, who will slug it out for the vacant WBO super bantamweight title, remain undefeated in their young professional careers. Sonsona has a 14-0-1 record (with 12 knockouts) while Vazquez has 17-0-1 (with 14 KOs).
“I’m training extremely hard so that I can be victorious,” said the boxer from General Santos city. “I will be more than ready come February 27th.”
Sonsona said he is now getting comfortable with his move to super bantamweight.
The Filipino boxer was stripped of his WBO title after failing to make the 115-pound limit. This time, at the 122-pound division, he said it won’t happen again.
“It’s such a relief to not have to struggle to make weight anymore. I feel at home in the super bantamweight division,” he said.
Sonsona first came to the attention of local sports fans when he won the WBO super flyweight title by outpointing Jose “Carita” Lopez of Puerto Rico in September last year.
He, however, lost the title after coming in over the 115-pound limit against Alejandro Hernandez of Mexico during his first title defense last November.