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Sonsona loses belt on scale

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

WBO Super-Flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona (14-0 12KO) lost his world title on the scales Saturday morning in advance of his scheduled fight tonight versus Alejandro Hernandez (22-7-1 12KO). The 19-year-old Philippine boxer came in over two pounds over the 115 pound weight limit at 117.6 pounds. Sonsona’s opponent Hernandez of Mexico City came in at exactly 115 pounds and will be the only fighter boxing for the now vacant WBO belt.

“It became evident the day before yesterday,” said promoter Allan Tremblay of Orion Sports of hid now former champion who captured the vacant belt last time out with a narrow decision win over José Lopez in his first North American fight in September.

“It happens, he’s just a young man growing into a man, he’s gain an inch and a half (in height) since he was here last. He’s just exploded, it’s really not his fault, he really can’t make weight at this point; he just can’t do it.”

Sonsona who just scraped under the bantamweight limit is expected to bypass that division altogether and make his Super-Bantamweight debut in Manila February 20th. “He’s got a future and we have a plan for him,” said Tremblay who also boasts former world champion Steve Molitor and undefeated Ciso Morales in the same weight division. “He’ll be in the mix at 122 very quickly, he’s still got a hell of a career ahead of him.” Asked if there would be a chance of pitting his two former champions, Sonsona and Molitor against each other, Tremblay replied, “That fight will never happen.”

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