World Boxing Council flyweight champion Sonny Boy Jaro (34-10-5, 24 KO’s) is aching to prove his doubters wrong as he makes his first defense of his world title.
Jaro, who was crowned as the WBC flyweight champion with a sensational sixth-round TKO win over Thai boxing icon Pongsalek Wonjokram last March, will be defending his title against Toshiyuki Igarashi on Monday in Kasukabe, Japan.
The 30-year-old product of Silay City, Negros Occidental declared that he will be going for a knockout victory to prove to his critics that his title-winning win over Pongsalek was no fluke.
“I have to win by knockout, so it will be more impressive,” Jaro said in an interview with Philboxing’s Chito Katangkatang. “There are a lot of people that have been saying that my win over Wonjongkam was purely luck. I want to show them that I’m here to stay as a champion for a long time.”
Jaro is now in Japan and has been training in Akihiko Honda-owned Teikken Gym to maintain his excellent conditioning, which, according to his brother Aljoe, is his main advantage against his Japanese opponent.
“I am very confident in this fight,” Jaro said. “Come fight night, I will just give the people a good show and go home to my country with my precious belts. I am not overconfident; Igarashi earned his shot through hard work. But come July 16, my haters will just shake their head in frustration.”
Aside from Jaro, another Filipino boxer is set to take the spotlight as Michael Farenas tries to earn his first world title against World Boxing Association super featherweight champion Takashi Uchiyama in the main undercard of the Jaro-Igayashi bout.
The 28-year-old Farenas (34-3-3, 26 KO’s) is coming from a split decision win Jason Egera last April in Cebu City, while Uchiyama scored a sensational 11th-round TKO win over Jorge Solis in his fourth defense of his title last December in Kanagawa, Japan.