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.
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