MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxers Rodel “Batang Mandaue” Mayol and “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona both suffered knockdowns in their respective “Double Assault” fights on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) but they met contrasting fates.
Despite the knockdown, Mayol successfully defended his World Boxing Council (WBC) junior flyweight after his bout against Mexican Omar Nino Romero ended in a technical draw, PhilBoxing.com reported.
Former World Boxing Organization (WBO) super flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona, on the other hand, failed to win another world title. He was defeated by eventual WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. of Puerto Rico.
Mayol, who fought in Guadalajara, Mexico, was hit by his foe “with a series of low blows.”
According to writer Dong Secuya, the referee was going to stop the fight in Round 3 when the Mexican fired a left “that hit squarely at the jaw of the momentarily defenseless Mayol who crashed to the canvas almost unconscious.”
Officials then announced that the title remained with Mayol while the boxer was being prepared to be taken to the hospital.
Mayol currently has a record of 26-4-2 (with 20 KOs) while Romero has a record of 28-3-2 (with 11 KOs).
Meantime, Dr. Ed de la Vega of PhilBoxing.com assured that Mayol is fine. “Although he was hit hard on the jaw, there was no fracture in his jaw and his neck is fine. We are about to get back to our hotel from the hospital,” he noted.
Sonsona, Rubillar fail
The 19-year-old Sonsona, meanwhile, was dealt his first career loss in Bayamon, Puerto Rico by local Vazquez.
Vazquez bagged the vacant WBO junior featherweight belt after scoring a knockout in Round 4 “with a left hook to the liver.”
The son of former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Sr. remained undefeated at 18-0-1 (with 15 KOs) while Sonsona slumped to 14-1-1 (with 12 KOs).
Another Filipino, meantime, also lost in his attempt to become a world champion.
Veteran Juanito Rubillar failed to bag the (IBO) junior flyweight title in South Africa as he was beaten by local Hekkie Budler by majority decision, Ronnie Nathanielsz of PhilBoxing.com reported.
Nathanielsz noted that the judges scored in favor of the South African, 117-113 and 115-113 while the third judge scored it even, 114-114.
Budler kept his record clean at 14-0 (with 5 KOs) while Rubillar now has a record of 48-14-7 (with 23 KOs). – With reports from Dong Secuya and Ronnie Nathanielsz, PhilBoxing.com