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Ciso Morales in reality TV

After suffering his first brutal loss to then WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel February last year, Ciso “Kid Terrible” Morales (15-1, 8 KOs) is yet to make a bounce back from the setback. Although he earned a unanimous decision victory over Filipino journeyman Eman Labanza last May 2011, the term “comeback” hardly describes Morales’ most recent fight affair.

For 15 months after his defeat to Montiel, Morales was nowhere to be seen prior to his last outing. Many believed that the 23 year-old Cagayan de Oro City native got too overwhelmed with the competition at the world class level and will never grace the boxing ring ever again despite his youth. But Morales will try to fully resurrect and rejuvenate his career with his participation in a boxing reality TV show in Mexico.

Ciso Morales (red trunks) kisses the canvas after getting nailed with a body shot from Fernando Montiel.

Dubbed as Reto de Campeones (Challenge of the Champions), the show will feature 16 bantamweight prizefighters from known boxing nations, with Morales as one of the participants. Seven of the contenders are from Mexico.

Talking to Filipino-American boxing correspondent Ryan Songalia, this writer learned that the show is a direct follow-up to another reality boxing TV show called Todas Contra Mexico, which featured female boxers and was hosted by female boxing sensation Maureen Shea.

With the show’s direct elimination format, Morales needs to win all the way if he is to be declared the show’s champion. Apart from lost glory, a victorious Morales will also nab the US$100,000 prize money.

Morales will fight Greg Torres (15-2, 7 KOs) of Puerto Rico on August 27th, 2011 in Mexico City as part of the show’s initial offering.

Ex-world champ Sonsona inside ring finally?

Former WBO super flyweight beltholder Marvin Sonsona (14-1-1, 12 KOs) will attempt to shake off the ring rust, as well as some doubts from boxing fans, on September 24th, 2011 in Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines against a yet to be named opponent.

Sonsona, who last saw action February last year against former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. of Puerto Rico, will be coming off from a 19-month layoff come fight night. Vazquez delivered Sonsona’s first career loss by knocking out the Filipino in the 4th round.

Sonsona was scheduled to figure in a number of bouts after the fight with Vazquez but reportedly took long timeoffs from training camp and subsequently withdrew from fights without informing his managers. This writer has talked to several of Sonsona’s former teammates, who expressed severe disappointments over the once promising fighter from General Santos City.

Sonsona’s upcoming fight may not provide fight fans with flashes of brilliance and pugilistic promise. But it can be the young boxer’s launch pad on his road to greatness, if he so chooses.

Photo credits: Box News

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Kenneth P. Ragpala is an award-winning sports blogger who has been covering the sport of boxing since 2008. His works have appeared in local newspapers in his home city in Cagayan de Oro and in several online publications abroad. Ragpala has written for several boxing websites, namely Fight Hype, 8 Count News, and Bleacher Report.