By Dennis "dSource" Guillermo
One thing I've learned in this unpredictable sport of boxing that we all love is that you can never count out a determined and focused fighter with knock out power in his fists.
That's exactly what IBF Pan Pacific Flyweight Champion Sonny Boy Jaro (32-10-5, 22 KOs) is at this point of his career.
Reunited with his manager and promoter Aljoe Jaro (no blood relation), the 29-year-old native of Silay City, Negros Occidental has a date with destiny on March 2 in Thailand when he embarks on the daunting task of dethroning WBC flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (88-3-2, 44 KOs).
The last time Wonjongkam lost in Thailand, Manny Pacquiao was still campaigning as a flyweight himself. I don't even remember how the world looked like in July 11, 1996, but that's when Wonjongkam last experienced defeat in his own backyard.
Sonny Boy is unfazed.
"Wonjongkam is not a knockout artist. I have the endge when it comes to power. That's where I will try to capitalize. I will put pressure on him. It's hard to win a decision in Thailand. I have to knock him out, otherwise I'll lose," Sonny Boy told me when I asked him about the challenge at hand.
His promoter Jaro realizes the difficulty, but agrees with his ward and likes their chances.
"Sonny Boy is strong. When I told him about the fight, he's been in the gym almost in 24/7. He's training like mad man. I can see the hunger in Sonny Boy. He is strong and I personally will handle the strategy and his training to capitalize on his strength and to exploit the weaknesses of his opponent. We can win in this one. Wonjongkam is older. This is Sonny Boy's chance to be a champion," the former boxer turned manager/promoter said.
As far as the tandem's once estranged relationship, all is water under the bridge and both are looking to do big things moving forward. "I was wrong with what I did to sir Aljoe. I followed wrong advice by other people. I asked forgiveness and he gave me another chance. That, I am very much thankful," Sonny Boy told this scribe.
"I am happy that he is back in my stable," Aljoe expressed. "He is like my son just like Denver (Cuello), and we even have the same last name (laughing). I am also happy with the dedication he is showing."