Roc Nation Sports’ Sonny Fredrickson returned from the WBA’s 96th World Convention with his first title, the organization’s Fedebol Super Lightweight belt.
This past week, the World Boxing Association held its 96th World Convention in Medellín, Colombia with various events that spanned October 30 through November 2.
In addition to WBA regional bodies and commissions meetings, a round table for promoters, a forum for journalists, and an address from speakers including the organization’s president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza; on Wednesday night the convention concluded with its boxing night.
The boxing night featured a few bouts for titles, but the most intriguing matchup pitted a pair of undefeated Super Lightweights against one another for the vacant WBA Fedebol title. Visitor Sonny Fredrickson (18-0, 12 KOs) from Toledo, Ohio was gunning for a road victory against Placido Ramirez, a fighter based out of Soplaviento, Colombia.
Fredrickson opened the fight working from behind his jab, and immediately set off the fireworks with a solid right hand to the body of Ramirez (10-1, 7 KOs). Ramirez finished the opening round on the canvas after getting caught by a right hand.
Ramirez came out active in the second round, but few of his shots found their way past Fredrickson’s defense. Fredrickson was patient throughout the round, despite the knockdown from round one, but he settled Ramirez down with a punishing right-left hook combination to the body near the round’s midway point. With the Ramirez focused on protecting his body, Fredrickson started finding openings for his uppercut, and soon scored his second knockdown of the night.
Fredrickson picked up the pace in the third round, easily knocking down several oncoming shots from Ramirez in the opening seconds. As Fredrickson unleashed his offense he began seizing full control of the fight until finishing off Ramirez with a vicious left-right-left hook combination above the Colombian’s belt line.
The third round knockout performance against a previously undefeated fighter, coupled with the new Fedebol title, should further bolster Fredrickson’s current No. 9-ranking with the WBA. The undefeated Ohioan is rising star on the Roc Nation Sports roster, and his win was the second huge development this past week for his management company Victory Sports & Entertainment. Just 48 hours earlier, Victory’s co-founders Rick Torres and Mike Leanardi eagerly introduced the outfit’s newest signee – former Junior Lightweight world champion Jose Pedraza.
Header photo by Jamie McDaniel Robbins
Body photo from Sonny Fredrickson’s social media