Late on Monday we noticed that the poster for the upcoming WBC Super Flyweight title fight in Washington had changed.
Originally the bout was to be between unbeaten champion Carlos Cuadras (30-0-1, 24) and Filipino journeyman Sonny Boy Jaro (37-13-5, 27). The poster however had replaced Jaro with his countryman Marvin Mabait (19-2-2, 13). At the time we suspected this was an error however in the last few hours we have been reliably informed that Mabait has replaced Jaro for the fight.
Mabait has stepped in with about 10 days notice and in some ways this mirrors Cuadras's first defense in which he was suppoed to fight Jaro, a former WBC Flyweight champion, only to replace him with Jose Salgado about 2 weeks before the bout.
Whilst we under-stand the criticism of fighting Jaro, a man best known for upsetting Pongsaklek Wonjongkam more than 2 years ago, Cuadras deserves more criticism for fighting Mabait on late notice, especially considering that Mabait has been stopped in 2 of his last 5 bouts. That includes a 5th round KO to Alejandro Hernandez in March of this year and a 3rd round TKO loss to Marco Demecillo back in April 2012.
It's a shame that Mabait is getting his shot like this, however we would like to wish him good luck in his unexpected opportunity.
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