MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer Sonny Boy Jaro has dropped in The RING Magazine’s flyweight ratings after losing his World Boxing Council (WBC) and RING belts to Japanese boxer Toshiyuki Igarashi.
Jaro became the RING flyweight champion when he stunned Thai legend Pongsaklek Wonjongkam last March, winning via a sixth-round technical knockout.
But his title reign lasted for only one fight as Igarashi defeated him via split decision last July 16 in Saitama, Japan.
“Igarashi (No. 9 last week) of Tokyo defeated the Filipino... to take The RING crown and the WBC title. Jaro drops to number 3,” RingTV.com’s Michael Rosenthal wrote.
Hernan Marquez of Mexico remains the No. 1 contender, followed by Filipino-American Brian Viloria.
Another Filipino boxer, Milan Melindo, is No. 5 on the list, while Rocky Fuentes is ranked seventh.
The biggest shake-up in The RING’s ratings occurred in the junior welterweight division, after Danny Garcia upset former champion Amir Khan via fourth round knockout.
With his victory, Garcia was elevated to RING champion, while Amir Khan dropped to No. 2 in the ratings.