Aljoe Jaro, Sonny Boy’s manager, revealed in an interview with Quinito Henson of The Philippine Star, that he has already spoken to Akihiko Honda about a possible rematch and the Japanese promoter liked the idea especially after witnessing the sportsmanship shown by Jaro.
“I’ve spoken with Mr. Akihiko Honda about a possible rematch. Mr. Honda liked the idea,” Aljoe Jaro said. “He admires Sonny Boy as a very strong fighter and appreciates his sportsmanship. Mr. Honda suggested that we help each other out. When the time comes, we will make an announcement.”
Both Sonny Boy and Aljoe believed that the former Filipino champion won the fight convincingly.
According to Aljoe, he was shocked when the decision was announced, awarding challenger Toshiyuki Igarashi a split-decision victory after getting the nod of two of the three judges, 115-113 and 116-112, with the other judge seeing the fight 116-112 in favor of the much-aggressive Jaro.
“I was shocked,” Aljoe Jaro said. “At the end of the fight, I thought we would win or at worst, it would be a draw.”
On the other hand, Farenas could also get another title shot against Japanese champion Takashi Uchiyama after failing in his first try after the fight was stopped in the third round and was declared as technical draw.
Uchiyama sustained a nasty cut due to an accidental headbutt, but Jaro believes that it was not enough to halt the fight that early with the ringside doctor knowing that it would eventually led to a virtual no-contest in favor of the Japanese.
“If it was Farenas who was cut, not Uchiyama, they probably would’ve allowed it to continue,” Jaro said. “The ringside doctor quickly recommended to stop it and the referee did.”
Under the rules, the 32-year-old Uchiyama, who was making his fifth defense, retained his title, but failed to justify the win like how he did during his last title defense against Jorge Solis, whom he knocked out in the 11th round last December.