By Sal­ven L. Lagumbay
Tue, 29 Dec 2009

Anoth­er Philip­pines ver­sus Puer­to Rico show­down is set to take place when unde­feat­ed Fil­ipino fight­er Mar­vin “Mar­velous” Son­sona goes up against unbeat­en Puer­to Rican Wil­fre­do Vazquez Jr for the vacant WBO super­ban­tam title on Feb­ru­ary 27 in Puer­to Rico.

There were ear­li­er plans to hold the fight in the Philip­pines, but appar­ent­ly tele­vi­sion exec­u­tives have reck­on the fight will be a hard sell con­sid­er­ing the fact that box­ing super­star Man­ny Pac­quiao will be fight­ing a month lat­er on March 13 pos­si­bly against Floyd May­weath­er Jr or Paulie Malignaggi.

Son­sona (14−0−1, 12 KO’s), who recent­ly relin­quished his WBO super­fly­weight title due to weight prob­lems before fig­ur­ing in a draw with Ale­jan­dro Her­nan­dez in Cana­da, signed the bout con­tract a few days ago with his Fil­ipino pro­mot­er Sam­my Gel­lo-ani and man­ag­er Rajan Yrao­la by his side.

The WBO super­ban­tam title has been recent­ly vacat­ed by Puer­to Rican star Juan Manuel Lopez, who is gun­ning for the WBO feath­er­weight crown against Steven Lue­vano on Jan­u­ary 23 in New York.

The 25-year-old Vazquez, son of ring great Wil­fre­do Vazquez, is unbeat­en with 17 wins, 1 draw with 14 KO’s, and holds the inter­im WBO Lati­no super­ban­tam crown.

“This will be a high­ly-com­pet­i­tive bout between two world class young fight­ers. Fans in Puer­to Rico are aching to see a Pinoy face their idol. And Fil­ipinos will be behind Son­sona to give his coun­try anoth­er win over Puer­to Rico after Pac­quiao dis­posed of Cot­to,” said WBO Asia Pacif­ic chair­man Leon Panoncillo.