In a move that appears to have annoyed Filipino promoter Aloe Jaro the Filipino Games and Amusements Board (GAB) have refused to sanction two bouts that were set for his upcoming show on January 11th.
The bouts in question were those that featured former WBC Flyweight champion Sonny Boy Jaro (34-13-5, 24), who was set to take on Pit Anacaya (8-22-2, 1), and former IBF Minimumweight champion Florante Condes (25-8-1, 21), who was to fight Rey Morano (8-38-1, 1).
Whilst on paper the GAB's decision does make sense. Fans of course don't want to see mismatches, especially not in the main events of shows, it does leave questions as to why they've left their decision so late. They've left the matchmakers with no time at all to find suitable replacement opponents and as a result have stopped all 4 men from taking part in the first Filipino card of 2014.
Sadly however the bouts were likely to be more about getting Jaro and Condes a confidence building win than anything else.
Jaro has lost his last 3 bouts since stopping Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, pictured together, in what was a huge upset, proving that upsets do happen. He needs to rebuild his confidence, especially considering his last loss came to journeyman Gerpaul Valero last year in what was another upset involving Jaro.
For Condes things are a bit more complex. The former IBF Minimumweight champion has been out of the ring since December 2012. Like Jaro his last 3 bouts were losses and he's not scored a win since November 2010. With so long since a win we'd not really be against Condes getting an easy victory on his record, especially when you consider his last loss, like Jaro's, came in a major upset to journeyman Donny Mabao.
We understand stopping mismatches but for us some mismatches do make sense given the situation and context of the men involved. Yes, Condes and Jaro should have been facing better opponents than they were scheduled to fight, but with their recent form, and in Condes's case inactivity, a "gimme" win for either man would have been more defendable than had they both been on a winning streak.
Despite their fights being cancelled for this weekend we hope we'll see both men in action in the near future, especially Condes who was, in his prime, one of the most exciting little men in the sport.
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