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Sonsona: The next Pacquiao?

On Friday, September 4th, 19-year-old “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona (13-0, 12 KOs) tries to become one of the youngest world boxing champions of the modern era, when he takes on hard-hitting WBO junior bantamweight world champion Jose Lopez (39-7-2, 32 KOs) in the co-main event of Rumble at Rama IX in Casino Rama, in Rama, Ontario. Former IBF junior featherweight champ “The Canadian Kid” Steve Molitor (29-1, 11 KOs) highlights the evening’s other co-feature, opposite an opponent still to be determined.

Sonsona – who, like his superstar compatriot Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao – is a southpaw hailing from General Santos City in the Philippines – laid waste to two-time world champion Wandee Singwancha in the second round courtesy of a crushing left to the jaw in May, in only his 13th career fight,

“This kid is, without a doubt, the future of the sport of boxing,” said Orion Sports Management President Allan Tremblay, who recently joined a promotional consortium headed by Sampson Lewkowicz, and in doing so obtained Sonsona’s Canadian promotional rights.

“Limitless potential like Sonsona’s is a rarity. When you see what this kid was able to do as an 18-year-old, and what he’s capable of down the road, I have no doubt that in a couple of years, when Manny Pacquiao has retired, he’ll be the number-one boxing superstar in the Philippines.”

But, no matter how bright Sonsona’s future appears, don’t expect Lopez, from Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, to meekly surrender his title to a fighter some 18 years his junior.

The 37-year-old hasn’t lost in almost eight years, following up a September 2001 decision loss to then WBO flyweight champion Fernando Montiel with a sixteen fight unbeaten streak that includes nine wins inside the distance.

This will be Lopez’ first defense of the title he won this past March courtesy of a 12 round unanimous decision over Thailand’s Pramuansak Posuwan, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

“This is one of those battles that tries to answer the age-old question of youth, speed, and potential, versus experience and know-how,” Tremblay said.

“Plus, from a style perspective alone, this fight is a war. Never mind the fact that you have a brilliant, but still green, Sonsona, vying for his first world title, taking on one of the most battletested fighters in the world in Lopez.”

Canadian heavyweight champion, Greg “The Steel Pole” Kielsa (10-0, 5 KOs) will also step through the ropes on the Rumble at Rama IX undercard, as will all-action warriors Justin Fountain, Felix Mercedes, and Pedro DeMello.

Rumble at Rama IX takes place on Friday, September 4th, with the undercard bouts getting underway at 8:00 pm.

The Molitor fight and the WBO title match between Lopez and Sonsona will be shown on TSN in Canada, and both bouts will also be seen on national carrier coverage in both the Philippines and Puerto Rico.

Tickets for Rumble at Rama IX will be $125, $75, $50 and $25 and are available in-person at the Casino Rama Box Office, and at all TicketMaster locations, by calling (416) 870-8000 and online at www.casinorama.com. Ticket prices do not include applicable taxes or service charges.




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