Sonny Boy Jaro has been named the top flyweight of the world by The Ring, the magazine known as the “Bible of Boxing,” after his resounding win over Thailand boxing legend Pongsaklek Wonjongkam Friday afternoon in Chonburi, Thailand for the World Boxing Council title.
Before dethroning Wonjongkam, Jaro was not even on the top contenders list of the magazine for the 112-lbs. division. The Thai boxer, who suffered just the fourth loss of his career in 89 fights against the Filipino, fell to fifth place in the ratings.
The flyweight division has traditionally been a strong breeding ground of champions for Filipino boxers. It was in the division where Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao won his first world title, the same WBC crown that Jaro now wears.
Today, three other Filipino fighters rank among the top contenders in The Ring’s flyweight ratings: No. 2 Brian Viloria, No. 4 Milan Melindo, and No. 6 Rocky Fuentes.