Filipino wunderkind Marvin Sonsona missed weight this morning in Rama, Ontario, meaning his fight tonight against Alejandro Hernandez will be non-title. Sonsona has vacated the WBO 115-pound title, but the strap will be up for grabs for Hernandez to win.
Sonsona weighed in at 117.6 pounds. At 19, he's just not going to be able to cut to 115 anymore. He's still maturing, his body is still changing, and apparently he's grown three centimeters of late. His promoter Allan Tremblay says Sonsona will skip bantamweight and go straight to the 122-pound division.
"He's a young guy exploding into a man," Tremblay said after Saturday's weigh-in.
Even after giving up solid food mid-week Sonsona couldn't slim down any further. When a Friday night workout only got him to 117, Tremblay decided to forfeit the title rather than try something drastic to make weight.
"He could have drained himself down to 115, but after six rounds he would have been a depleted fighter," he said, noting the danger in sending a dehydrated fighter into the ring. "Why kill him? Why take a possible loss when we have another plan for him anyway?"
I know what he's saying, but it sort of stings to read, "Hey, why make weight? Why bother making weight? We'll just give up this meaningless belt and fight anyway with an advantage. Big whoop, y'know? Besides, we have other plans."
But when all is said and done, it's not unexpected. Sonsona was reportedly having some trouble making the weight, and staying at the weight wasn't in their plans. They knew they were moving up, and soon. It's just coming a little quicker and with a bit of a hiccup.