FORMER world champion Sonny Boy Jaro of Silay City, Negros Occidental, backed out at the last minute in his fight against Jonas Sultan, who was set to defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) Inter-Continental super flyweight crown Sunday night at the Makati City Square.
According to Sultan, he knew that the fight was cancelled a night before the weigh-in after the 34-year-old Jaro pulled out because of a severe infection.
"I was shocked. I was also a bit disappointed because I trained really hard for this," the 24-year-old Sultan told SunStar Cebu. "It is a waste but that is their decision. I will just wait for what's next for me."
Jaro, a former World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight champion, should have been Sultan's biggest fight to date.
A win over the WBC No. 20 rated super flyweight could have been a huge boost to Sultan's ratings. He is currently ranked No. 14 in the IBF and 23rd in the WBC.
Jaro is a veteran of 43 victories, 13 loses and 5 draws with 30 knockouts while the 25-year-old Sultan has 12 wins, including 8 KOs and 3 defeats.
While Jaro aimed to snatch his 10th straight victory and back-to-back international title, Sultan made a stunning performance late last year when he scored an upset knockout win over world-rated junior bantamweight Makazole Tete of Africa.
It was recalled that Jaro earned his WBC International super flyweight title after defeated Marjun Pantilgan via unanimous decision in December last year, also at the Makati City Square. (With reports from SunStar Cebu)