LAPU LAPU CITY – Youthful former world champion Marvin Sonsona knocked down Dominican Republic’s Carlos “El Flaco” Fulgencio in the fifth round of their scheduled 12-round bout at the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City last week.
Fulgencio’s corner protested the knockout victory pointing out that referee Tony Pisons waved Fulgencio out of the match as the Dominican Republic fighter got up at the count of nine.
Fulgencio and his corner pleaded their case while some people in the crowd hollered in protest.
It was gathered that the mandatory count was only at 8 in the fight and Fulgencio should have gotten up at the count of eight to stay in the fight.
“I was robbed. I was not hurt. I want a rematch,” Fulgencio stressed through his interpreter Michael Lopez.
“Marvelous” Sonsona, however, saw the knockout coming.
“I really expected to knock him out, but I didn’t expect it to be in the fifth round because I really wanted the fight to be longer,” Sonsona said in Cebuano. “I knew I would win because he is weak and I can anticipate his punches.”
Fulgencio gamely engaged Sonsona from the start, hitting the former WBO super flyweight champion with vicious hooks and straights and in the process was warned twice for low blows in the second round.
However, Sonsona’s ringmanship was too much for the Dominican Republic fighter, and the bout ended after Sonsona landed a short uppercut to the chin.
The victory improved Sonsona’s record to 16-1-1, 13 KOs while Fulgencio dropped to 19-6-1.
Sonsona has assured himself of a slot in the undercard of John Riel Casimero’s IBF Interim light flyweight title defense on May 13 against Mexico’s Sammy Gutierrez at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel.
“He will be campaigning in the heavier featherweight division. The 122-pound division is now very crowded and we want him to be movable at any given situation. And believe me, he would be doing good at 126 pounds,” said promoter Sammy Gello-ani.
In the other fights, with Mark Anthony Geraldo stole the WBO Asia Pacific Youth super flyweight title from Jerwin Ancajas following a majority decision win while Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar kept the WBO youth flyweight title after a unanimous decision win over Alejandro “El Terible” Morales of Mexico and Adones Cabalquinto took the vacant Philippine Jr. Welterweight title over Dan Nazareno also via unanimous decision.
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