Earlier today we had the latest WP Boxing event, with the main bout from the card being a match up between former world title challenger Nawaphon Por Chokchai (45-1-1, 35) [นวพล NKL] and former world champion Sonny Boy Jaro (45-15-5, 32). On paper this looked a pretty interesting match up, though one where the younger and hungrier fighter was expected to over-come experience trial horse, who was years removed from his best years.
The fight wasn't the most exciting but it did seem like Jaro was getting the better of the early rounds, using his experience and aggression well. That however didn't seem to impress the judges, who had Nawaphon in a commanding lead after 4 rounds. The questionable scorecards likely made Jaro realise he had to go for the KO but it was whilst he was being aggressive that he was caught by a hard body shot from the Thai. The shot managed to not hurt Jaro, but also drop him. He was in agony and tried to get to his feet, but was counted out.
Jaro seemed to complain about the stoppage, but he was beginning to slow and show his age, and it wasn't a particularly quick count or anything.
With the win Nawaphon retains WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight title, making his second defense. This was his 9th win since losing Juan Hernandez in a WBC Flyweight world title bout. As for Jaro he has now been stopped 9 times in his career, and at 37 it's hard to know what he really has left to offer.
Also scoring a win on this card was former Naoya Inoue opponent Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (43-9, 20), aka Karoon Jarupianlerd, who stopped a Filipino Matthew Arcillas (6-2, 6) in 3 rounds on the card.
Later today we'll see former world title challenger Nawaphon Por Chokchai (44-1-1, 34) [นวพล NKL] take on former world champion Sonny Boy Jaro (45-14-5, 32) in the headline bout of a WP Boxing show, on both the WPBoxing social media accounts as well as DAZN in the US.
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in and both manged to hit the scales at 118lbs for the bout.
The bout, for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight title, is an interesting one on paper. For Nawaphon it's a chance to claim the biggest scalp of his career, taking on a man who was a former WBC Flyweight champion and a man who famously upset Thai star Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, For Jaro the bout serves as a chance to prove he is still not done as a fighter and a win puts him into the fringes of the Bantamweight mix.
This show will begin airing around 3PM in Thailand, on the WPBoxing Facebook and Youtube accounts for those not geo-locked out of viewing the contest.
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Earlier this week Nakornluang announced the next headline bout for the May edition of WP Boxing on Workpoint.
That headline bout will see former world title challenger Nawaphon Por Chokchai (44-1-1, 34) [นวพล NKL] take on former world champion Sonny Boy Jaro (45-14-5, 32), in what looks like a strange on for a regional title.
At his best Jaro was a dangerous gate keeper, who surprisingly became the WBC Flyweight champion in 2012, when he stopped Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in a huge upset. His reign was a short one however and he lost the belt in his first defense, to Toshiyuki Igarashi. Now aged 37 Jaro is very much an old man, though has gone 12-1 in his last 13 bouts and shown their life in his legs in recent years, beating the likes of Shota Kawaguchi and Marjun Pantilgan among others.
Nawaphon on the other hand has been a fighter who was long expected to be a top contender, following in the foot steps of brother Suriyan Sor Rungviai and stablemate Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. He was however stopped in his only world title bout to date, just over 2 years ago against Juan Hernandez Navarrete. Since his loss he has gone 8-0 (6) including a notable win over former IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng and a win over former world title challenger Richard Claveras.
Whilst win will be expected of Nawaphon, given the age of Jaro, Jaro certainly has the power to get another notable upset in Thailand, in what is another interesting looking WP Boxing main event bout.
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.
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