Former WBO super flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona of the Philippines (14-0-1, 12 KOs) and trainer Nonito Donaire Sr. work the mitts during a recent training session in Puerto Rico. Sonsona having arrived in Puerto Rico this past Monday is closing in on fight week for his showdown with Puerto Rico’s Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (17-0-1, 14 KOs). The two will square off February 27th at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico for the vacant WBO junior featherweight title. The event titled ‘Making History’ is being presented by PR Best Boxing in association with All Star Boxing, Sampson Boxing LLC, and SGG Promotions. Sonsona spoke with Fightnews in regards to his upcoming bout and Sonsona’s trainer Nonito Donaire joined in on the interview as well.
How have you adapted to the time change in Puerto Rico?
I’m actually still adjusting but my arriving nearly two weeks prior to the fight will be very beneficial to me. I will be fully adjusted prior to fight night.
Moving up from 115 to 122, do you feel more natural at super bantamweight?
Absolutely. Its such a relief to not have to struggle to make weight anymore. I feel at home in the super bantamweight division.
Having been a world champion at age 19 and unbeaten, surely the comparisons to Manny Pacquiao have come out, no?
I truly respect Manny Pacquiao and there will only be one Manny Pacquiao. I’m trying to establish my own name.
Nonito when did you start training Marvin?
My first fight with Marvin was the night he won the world title this past September.
Marvin is only 19 years old. How advanced do you see him at the this stage of his career?
Marvin is very advanced at this stage of his career as evidenced by him already winning a world title. He is very disciplined and works really hard in the gym. His future in boxing is extremely bright.
Marvin what are your thoughts on Vázquez Jr. having seen him fight?
He is a very talented fighter and I’m training extremely hard so that I can be victorious. I will be more than ready come February 27th.
Also featured on the televised card will be unbeaten 6’6 cruiserweight giant Carlos Negron of Puerto Rico (7-0, 5 KOs) vs. Roy Ashworth, Jonathan Oquendo (17-2, 11 KOs) of Puerto Rico vs Mexican Álex Becerra for the WBO Latino junior featherweight title and the debut of twins McJoe and McWilliams Arroyo.
The pay-per-view event will begin at 9pm ET/6pm PT on both cable and satellite. The PPV cost will be $34.95 and available in Puerto Rico, U.S., Canada, Philippines, Central and South America. Tickets can be purchased by calling (787) 792-5000 or online at www.tcpr.com . Tickets are priced at $20, $40, $75, $125, $150 and $300.