By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
It turned out to be quite the day for nineteen year-old Marvin Sonsona. In the morning we lost his WBO junior-bantamweight belt on the scales, coming in over two-and-a-half pounds over the 115 pound limit. Things didn’t go much better in the evening as the Philippine fighter escaped with a draw over a determined Alejandro Hernandez (22-7-2 11KO) by score of 115-113, 113-115, 114-114. The WBO title will remain vacant. It was clear that from the early going that these were two fighters operating on different planes, with the former champion waving and smiling to the crowd while a determined Hernandez was trying to make the most of his title opportunity. The talent level favoured the tall lanky Sonsona who was able to bank some early rounds over the Mexican who showed no quit on the evening.
Former super-bantamweight IBF champion Steve Molitor survived a fifth round knockdown and walked away with a 78-73, 79-73, 78-74 decision of Jose Saez of Argentina. Molitor was easily controlling the fight as he towered over his opponent but walked straight left counter that put the Canadian Kid down quickly. Molitor was delivering and landing at a much higher percentage than his Argentine opponent who absorbed the former champion’s shots well. Moliltor seemed highly irritated at the momentary lapse. Molitor controlled the action for the duration, but definitely not in the same confident, aggressive style he had done in the earlier going.
Undefeated super-bantamweight Ciso Morales (14-0 8KO) won a narrow 77-75, 78-74, 76-76 majority over a game Miguel Gonzalez(10-2 4KO) of Mexico in an exciting action fight. Morales, fighting outside of his native Philippines for the first time often looked raw as did his Mexican opponent who was also fighting outside of native country for the first time. Morales was able to do most of his effective work on the inside, able to free his right hand effectively upstairs or dropping down and working the body. Gonzalez could neither tie up or push-off to create distance. Gonzalez grew stronger as the fight progressed, trying to time his opponent coming in, but both fighters despite going toe-to-toe several times in the fight often were low on the accuracy scale. Morales had a large contingent of Philippine fans to cheer him on, most in attendance to support headliner Marvin Sonsona.
Canadian heavyweight champion Greg Kielsa pushed his record to 11-0 with a 60-54 decision over Jason Bergman of Pennsylvania who dropped even to 9-9-2. Kielsa would have has left hand cocked all night, landing, and failing to follow up with anything substantial, but it was more than enough to carry the fight for the chiseled former Olympian who now fights out of Ontario. Bergman was a game opponent, fluid with his round-house punches, forcing Kielsa to control things with his jab. The Canadian found success in the third going to the body where his opponent seemed soft, but despite the results, abandoned all work downstairs for the last half of the six rounder.
In a welterweight rematch, Frank Abbiw got revenge of sorts, managing a 38-38, 38-38, 37-39 majority draw against fellow Ontario fighter Justin Fountain who had won the original match-up in September.
Felix Mercedes of Buffalo New York scored his third stoppage in four fights as he out-classed Todd Furler (0-1-1), halting the Calgary fighter at the :59 mark of the third round. This one should have ended much sooner as Mercedes served up a steady diet of right hands for the last minute of the second round, none of which missed the mark. Unfortunately for Furler, referee John Wiley did not feel the one-sided drubbing warranted a stoppage, instead administering an eight count when he crashed down to the canvas once the round ended. Furler’s corner also did the fighter no favours, sending the glassy eyed fighter back out for another round. Mercedes did what was required of him and kept up the pressure to start the third where the fight was thankfully stopped.