FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMP. Marvin Sonsona is declared winner after knocking out his opponemt Akifumi Shimoda of Japan.
FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMP. Marvin Sonsona is declared winner after knocking out his opponemt Akifumi Shimoda of Japan.

MACAU — Marvin Sonsona scored a spine-tingling, one-punch third-round knockout over former world champion Akifumi Shimoda of Japan, leading the Filipino fighters’ brutal assault during Top Rank’s slambang slugfest late Saturday night (Feb. 21) in Macau.

Nicknamed “Marvelous,” the 23-year-old Sonsona, also an ex-world champion, sent Shimoda down as though he’d been struck with a baseball bat after landing a vicious left uppercut. Referee Danrex Tapdasan of the Philippines didn’t even bother to finish the count as Sonsona jumped around the ring as if he had hit the lottery.

The win gave Sonsona the World Boxing Organization International featherweight crown but more importantly the chance to strut his stuff in future Top Rank shows.

Shimoda, 28, was quickly attended to by medical personnel at ringside led by Dr. Ruben Viernes from the Games and Amusements Board as he was down on the deck and could only recover his wits after a few minutes.

The victory raised Sonsona’s win-loss record to 18-1-1 with 15 KOs, while the loss dropped Shimoda’s mark to 28-3-2 with 12 KOs.

Two other Filipinos — Jerwin Ancajas and Harmonito dela Torre –posted knockout wins over Inthanon Sithchamuang of Thailand and Yakobus Heluka of Indonesia, respectively.

Ancajas (17-1-1 with 10 KOs) battered Sithchamnuang en route to a second-round TKO, while Dela Torre (12-0 with 7 KOs) stopped Heluka in the very first round.

While Ancajas and Dela Torre made heads turn, it was Sonsona’s smashing win dominated much of the post-event talk in the same breath with Zou Shiming’s opening round blowout of Yokthong Kokietgym and Japanese middleweight Ryota Murata’s destruction of Brazilian Carlos Nacimento.

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Shiming and Murata are Top Rank fighters and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum is setting the stage for their continued appearances in Asia.

But it was Sonsona’s smackdown of Shimoda that truly stuck in everyone’s minds. (Manila Bulletin)