Today there was a pretty big card at the Angono Sports Complex in Angono, Rizal. The card wasn't a stacked one in terms of world class talent, but did have some pretty notable Filipino fighters on it, with a nice mixture of veterans and youngsters on it.
Among those veterans was the returning was the returning Denver Cuello (37-5-6, 25), who was fighting for the first time since the summer of 2018. The former world title challenger, now 32, made light work of Indonesian journeyman Jack Amisa (21-46-2, 14). Amisa seemed to be hurt by everything he was caught with and was dropped in the opening round, before being taken apart in round 2 and being stopped, with the bout being waved off whilst Amisa was on his knees on the canvas. Given the long lay off Cuello looked good, but clearly wasn't the fighter he had once been and will likely want another couple of fights before facing a notable foe.
Another veteran picking up a win was former WBC Flyweight champion Sonny Boy Jaro (45-14-5, 31), who scored a 4th round TKO win over veteran Indonesian Boido Simanjuntak (24-54-2, 10). A third notable Filipino veteran was former world title challenger Ardin Diale (35-13-4, 17), who scored defeated Richard Rosales (13-9-2, 7), who retired after round 3.
As for the youngsters it was 22 year old KJ Natuplag (8-0-2, 7) who impressed, stopping Robert Udtohan (24-6-3, 15) in the 5th round. On paper this is a goof win, though it is Udtohan's 4th stoppage loss in 6 bouts, and his 5th loss in 6, leaving real question marks as to his desire. Another youngster picking up a good win was Adrian Lerasan (7-3, 1), who took an 8 round decision win over the heavy handed Jeny Boy Boca (12-6, 10)
Earlier today Thai sources reported that former WBC Flyweight champion Sonny Boy Jaro (44-14-5, 31) would be returning to the ring on November 24th in Cancun, Mexico, as the next opponent of Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada (37-3, 25).
The bout is supposed to be a tune up for Estrada ahead of a rematch with WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น], aka Wisaksil Wangek, with the two expected to fight early next year.
For Jaro, who actually beat Thai icon Pongsaklek Wonjongkam for the WBC Flyweight title back in 2012, this will be his first bout since beating Dondon Narvaez back in February in a bout fought around the Bantamweight division. As for Estrada the bout will be his first since since being given an unexpected test by Felipe Orucuta on the latest Superfly card.
For Jaro this will be his first bout in Mexico since since losing to Oscar Ibarra back in 2010 whilst Estrada returns to a Mexican ring for the first time since beating Anuar Salas in March 2017.
The Filipino domestic scene rarely gives us bouts to be excited by, with a high number of mismatches making up the domestic shows as fighters look to stay busy and do enough to open bigger pay days. On March 19th however we will get a really good looking Filipino domestic contest as the fast rising Jonas Sultan (12-3, 8) takes on former world champion Sonny Boy Jaro (43-13-5, 30) in a really mouth watering clash that will mean a lot to both men.
The bout will see the 25 year old Sultan defending the IBF Inter-Continental Super Flyweight title for the first time, following his upset win for the belt last year against Makazole Tete in South Africa. Coming in to the bout he is on a great run with stoppages not only against Tete but also Tatsuya Ikemizu and Romel Oliveros, as he's really gone from strength to strength following a competitive loss in Japan to Go Onaga.
Although Sultan's current run is impressive it is worth noting that he also has notable wins against Jerson Mancio, Brian Lobetania and Rene Dacquel and is genuinely one of the must watch hopefuls from the Philippines, despite having 3 losses against his name.
Whilst Sultan is a rising hopefuly the 34 year old Jaro is true veteran with 61 bouts under his belt, in a career dating back more than 15 years. Jaro has had his share of ups and downs, including a massive 2012 upset win over Pongsaklek Wonjongkam to claim the WBC Flyweight title. Coming in to this bout he has won his last 9 bouts, dating back more than 3 years, and has rebounded well following a trio of successive loses after the win over Wonjongkam.
Jaro might be 34, and may have seen better days, but he has experience of fighting at world level with 4 world title bouts under his belt, and appears to be a man who knows another loss could be the end of his career, but that another win could open up the door to a world title fight down the line. He'll be coming in to this bout not just for the IBF Inter-Continental title but also the potential to get another shot at world honours.
Filipino veteran Sonny Boy Jaro (42-13-5, 30) will not compete at tomorrow's show at the Korakuen Hall following issues making weight earlier today. The former WBC Flyweight champion was unable to make the contracted for about against Japanese ranked opponent Yusuke Suzuki (6-2, 4) [鈴木 悠介].
The bout was made at a contracted 116½lbs and it was a weight Suzuki made dead on. Jaro however was nowhere near the limit weighing in at 119¼lbs.
He did attempt to lose weight in a sauna but was still unable to make weight and instead of the bout going ahead the contest was scrapped.
Sadly for Jaro this isn't the first offense of missing weight, in fact it's not even the first time he's done so in Japan. Having failed to make weight in 2011 against Hirofumi Mukai and last year against Shota Kawaguchi, in the first of two bouts between the men. As a result we're expecting the JBC to impose a lengthy ban on the Filipino who, given his age, may never fight against in Japan.
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Back in April Filipino fighter Sonny Boy Jaro (42-13-5, 29) claimed his first win in Japan, narrowly out pointing Shota Kawaguchi (18-7-1, 8). Yesterday the two men faced off for a second time with Jaro claiming his second win over Kawaguchi.
In their first bout Jaro, who came in over-weight, only claimed a narrow win over Kawaguchi. This time around however there was no disputing the result as Jaro scored a 7th round TKO win over the Japanese foe.
The fight saw Jaro fight with a very aggressive mentality and look for the kill, Kawaguchi tried his best to fight back but the Filipino always seemed too strong and too powerful before eventually stopping Kawaguchi who's career is now in tatters following 3 losses in 4 bouts.
For Jaro, who has now won his last 8 bouts, there may well be another world title fight on the line. Saying that however he is 33 and time is certainly not on his side.
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