Estrella shocked by Sonsona; Salka and Karpency victorious

Phil Jay 17/05/2015

Mexican super featherweight contender Adrian Estrella lost his undefeated record on Saturday night as Filipino southpaw Eden Sonsona performed a smash and grab upset at the Auditorio Miguel Barragan in San Luis Potosi.

Estrella, a highly-touted world title prospect, was halted in just two rounds by the unfancied Sonsona who in the process ended a 22-fight winning streak stretching back to when ‘Diamante’ entered the paid ranks as a fresh-faced 18-year-old in 2010.

Former IBO bantamweight title challenger Sonsona, who is not a noted puncher, hasn’t lost since the year Estrella turned pro and could now be thrust into another world championship bid unless a lucrative rematch can be hastily arranged.

Elsewhere in Washington, Pennsylvania, Rod Salka moved down a second successive weight class in as many bouts as the Bunola fighter picked up the WBA-NABA USA super featherweight title by stopping Noel Echevarria in six rounds.

‘Lightning Rod’ was losing to super lightweight world champion Danny Garcia up at 142lbs just nine months ago, but made a successful transition to 130lbs with just a fourth KO in 25 contests to pencil in a 21st career triumph.

Also on the bill, light-heavyweight Tommy Karpency won his rubber match with Rayco Saunders via a unanimous decision to improve to 25-4. The former world title challenger lost a wafer-thin decision to Saunders when they first met in 2008, but has won both contests since and carried on the momentum from his shock split victory over Chad Dawson in October.