Molitor Keeps Busy
By Derek Bonnett: Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada will play host to a fine night of professional boxing on September 4 as Steve Molitor, 29-1 (11), will keep busy in the super bantamweight division in an eight round bout against Feliciano Dario Azuago Lesdema, while Jose "Carita" Lopez makes the first defense of his WBO 115 pound title against the latest Filipino phenom, Marvin Sonsona.
Molitor made his return to the ring after a fourth round stoppage loss to Celestino Caballero this past June with a twelve round split decision over Heriberto Ruiz. The bout against Lesdema, a veteran with a record of 76-15-2 (64), will be his seventh consecutive appearance at Casino Rama.
"The atmosphere is electric and is exceptionally motivating to Steve," Allan Tremblay of Orion Sports Management stated.
Even though the last time out the former world 122 pound champion struggled, Molitor feels his fans can count on seeing a different Canadian Kid on September 4.
"I am very confident," Molitor said, coming off the Ruiz victory. " I got that comeback fight out of the way and couple that with a return to my original trainer, Chris Johnson, I am more than ready to go. There is always pressure to perform when you step into the ring. In one sense, there might be a bit more pressure to do well under these circumstances."
Molitor performed far below expectations in the biggest fight of his career against Caballero and he feels the sting of not coming back with a more definitive win against Ruiz, but the southpaw from Mississaugua, Ontario is not shying away from fresh opposition.
When told about a challenge made by rising super bantamweight Rendall Munroe, 19-1 (8), Molitor, who defended his IBF championship five times, responded firmly.
"Tell Munroe that Frank Maloney knows Allan Tremblay very well, so make the call," Molitor stated. "I feel stronger [since the Caballero loss] that’s for sure. Mentally, my confidence is back, as previously mentioned, and I expect great things."
Headlining the night will be the latest Filipino hopeful, Marvin Sonsona, 13-0 (12), who will be vying for the WBO 115 pound championship in spite of having only met mostly obscure opposition at 112 pounds and below.
" I am part of a consortium that is promoting Marvin," Tremblay explained his relationship with Team Sonsona. "We feel he is an exceptional talent that will burst onto the boxing scene in a big way .Taking on a great fighter like Jose Lopez after just 13 professional fights speaks to the confidence we have in him. His future is unlimited if he maintains his work ethic. A good boxer with power in both hands would be the best way to describe him."
Jose Lopez, 39-7-2 (32), while far from a world beater, certainly has a vast edge in professional experience over the neophyte Sonsona. The Puerto Rican fighter has shared the ring with Fernando Montiel, Mauricio Pastrana, Isidro Garcia, Carlos Salazar, and Kermin Guardia at the world class level. Sonsona has only Wandee Singwancha on his resume as a recognizable opponent of world class experience. Yet, the highly touted prospect already has those whom associate him with greatness by nicknaming him Pacquiao Jr.
" I am confident in my own ability. I have had 150 amateur fights to go with my professional record and I feel I have the style to beat Lopez on September 4," Sonsona boasted. "I am very proud to be mentioned in the same sentence as Manny Pacquiao. We are from the same town and he is a legend and a hero to all Filipinos. All I do is fight my fights and let public opinion take care of itself."
Sonsona will be fighting outside of the Philippines for the first time in his career, but he feels a level playing field has been drafted for him.
" Thanks to Allan Tremblay and Orion Sports Management, my first fight away from home feels just like a home fight," Sonsona declared. "Allan has integrated the Toronto Filipino community into the promotion of this fight to such a degree that it hardly feels any different."
As a follower of the sport, one has to wonder if Sonsona is the real deal and a legit threat to Lopez’ WBO title or if maybe he is just another inflated Filipino threat. In recent years, both Rey Bautista and AJ Banal were considered locks to pick up world championships, but fizzled at the first sight of world class adversity.
Why should the boxing world look at "Marvelous" Marvin Sonsona any differently?
" Watch on September 4 and you will see why," Sonsona promised.
September 2, 2009