Sonny Boy Jaro surrendered his World Boxing Council flyweight title on Monday night after losing to Toshiyuki Igarashi via split decision in Japan.
Trying to build up from his career-best win over Thai icon Pongsalek Wonjongkam last March, Jaro gave his best effort, but the much-disciplined Japanese prevailed, getting the nod of two judges with 115-113 and 116-112 scores with the other judge scoring it for Jaro, 116-112.
Jaro was obviously looking for a stoppage win and looked on pace to do that after his opponent sustained a cut over his left eye, but Jaro’s decision to go after the cut to force a stoppage backfired as Igarashi fought with a lot of discipline to disrupt the Filipino’s tactic.
Meanwhile, Filipino challenger Michael Farenas also had a disappointing night as he failed to snatch the world title from Takashi Uchiyama after the fight ended in a technical draw.
The two fighters are slowly getting into each other after testing each other out in the first two rounds, but Farenas’ aggressiveness proved to be too good for his comfort.
An accidental headbutt opened a nasty cut on over Igarashi’s left eye. The referee asked the ring physician to examine the cut that led to the early stoppage of the fight after the official ruled that the cut was too dangerous for Igarashi to continue fighting.
With Jaro and Farenas’ defeat and Manny Pacquiao’s controversial loss to Timothy Bradley last month, the Philippines has only three current world champions – Donnie Nietes in the light flyweight division, Brian Viloria in the flyweight division, and Nonito Donaire in the super bantamweight division.