This past Saturday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, lightweight prospect Sonny Fredrickson (9-0, 6KO’s) had to dig down deep and get up from the canvas on his way to stopping tough 29-fight veteran Juan Santiago in the second round of their scheduled six-round bout which took place on the Andre Ward vs. Paul Smith undercard.
Fredrickson dominated the first round and it was looking like an easy night as he scored a knockdown at the end of the frame. As Fredrickson went in for the finish, he was a little careless and got caught with a perfect counterpunch that sent him the canvas for the first time as a pro or amateur.
Fredrickson showed the resolve of a champion in the making, came back in round two and landed some booming shots that hurt Santiago and the fight was rightfully waved off.
“It was a great learning experience,” said Fredrickson of the first round knockdown. “Santiago was tough, I got a little reckless and paid the price. Even a wounded opponent is still dangerous, so I will definitely take this lesson to heart to make me abetter fighter.”
“I’m happy with the victory and to give fans an exciting show. I’m going to get right back in the gym and look forward to fighting again very soon.