Saturday's sensational third-round stoppage of former junior featherweight beltholder Akifumi Shimoda may have thrust once-beaten featherweight Marvin Sonsona right back into discussion for a title bout.
A 23-year-old former WBO junior bantamweight beltholder, Sonsona (18-1-1, 15 knockouts) fired a perfefectly-time uppercut that delivered a highlight-reel knockout of Shimoda (28-4-2, 12 KOs), an ex-WBA 122-pound titleholder.
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, of Sampson Boxing, considers the performance one that thrusts Sonsona, squarely in the mix for a potential bout against 126-pound titleholders Jhonny Gonzalez, Orlando Salido, Evgeny Gradovich and Simphiwe Vetyeka of the WBC, WBO, IBF, and, WBA, respectively.
"This is a wonderful comeback story in boxing, and Marvin will be champion of the world once again very soon," said Lewkowicz of Sonsona, of General Santos City, Philippines.
"I also want to thank the beautiful Venetian Macau for their incredible hospitality and all their work in turning Macau into a new boxing capital in the world."
The win was the fourth straight for Sonsona, and his third consecutive stoppage victory for the southpaw fighter since falling, himself, by fourth-round knockout to Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in February 2010.
"Marvin is still one of the three most popular fighters in his homeland, alongside Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire. He had the problem that many big-name boxers run into: He surrounded himself with the wrong people and stopped taking his sport seriously," said Lewkowicz.
"But he has matured so much since then, and completely rededicated himself with his original team of me, his trainer, Jun Agrabio, his other co-promoter Sammy Gello-ani, and his manager, Dr. Rajan Yraola. He knows his mistakes, now, and they will never happen again."