Mandatory Eight Count: Marvin Sonsona wins WBO title in Canada

19-year old Filipino phenom Marvin Sonsona won the WBO's junior bantamweight title against Jose Lopez in Canada. (REUTERS/Fred Thornhill)

Marvin Sonsona Unseats Jose Lopez, Wins WBO Title |
19-year old Filipino phenom Marvin Sonsona beat 37-year old veteran Jose "Carita" Lopez to win the WBO's junior bantamweight title in Canada. Sonsona won on scores of 116-109, 115-110 and 114-111, dropping Lopez in the second round. He is now 14-0 with 12 knockouts, and it looks like the hype is real.

Molitor drops Azuaga with old friend back in his corner |
Steve Molitor moved up to featherweight and won his second straight since losing in ugly fashion to Celestino Caballero last year, beating Paraguayan veteran Dario Azuaga with old trainer Chris Johnson back in his corner.

A Blue Collar Guy Returns to Work | T.K. Stewart
T.K. Stewart spoke with David Diaz, one of the sport's most likable fighters. Diaz returns to action after over a year out of the ring in his hometown of Chicago, facing Jesus Chavez on September 26.

Steve Forbes Signs With Don King, Alexander Shot? |
Veteran Steve Forbes signed a deal with Don King, which is turning into something that makes me almost spit-take every time I see someone do it. King's track record with actually putting on shows or getting his guys fights these days is pretty awful. Forbes wants to fight Devon Alexander or Marcos Maidana, so at least it means he's looking to go down to 140 pounds instead of staying way out of his league at 147.

The Japanese Koki Monster |
Marty Mulcahey profiles Koki Kameda, a brash Japanese fighter that the writer compares to "a Naseem Hamed persona on steroids." Kameda will face Daisuke Naito in a massive Japanese grudge match on November 29.

I'd Be Shocked If Hopkins Ever Agreed To Fight Jones Again |
Frank Lotierzo's headline says it all: He'd be shocked if Bernard Hopkins ever agreed to fight Roy Jones Jr. again.

Oregon player's punch impresses boxing world | The Fabulous Forum | Los Angeles Times
Bob Arum got tongue-in-cheek and offered to sponsor University of Oregon tailback LeGarrette Blount should he want to turn to boxing. Blount was suspended for the rest of the season after punching Boise State linebacker Byron Hout after their Thursday night game, which Boise State won 19-8. SBN's Addicted to Quack has an entire thread on Blount.

Dan Rafael's weekly notebook | ESPN
As always, Dan Rafael's Notebook is one of the web's must-reads.

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