19 May 2019

Thailand’s Nawapon Nakornluang continued his journey back to another possible shot at a WBC world title when he defeated former World Boxing Council flyweight world champion, Sonny Boy Jaro, of the Philippines, on this past weekend’s WP Boxing promotion in Thailand.

Nawapon, currently ranked number six in the WBC bantamweight world rankings put his WBC Asia 118Lb title on the line when he squared off against Sonny Boy for the headline contest on this month’s WP show at the WorkPoint TV studios.

Both protagonists weighed in just under the bantamweight weight limit at Friday’s weigh in and once Saturday came: the bright lights of the WorkPoint tv studios shone and the intimate, atmospheric stadium was full to capacity for his hotly anticipated showdown.

The contest started off with the champion setting up his attacking prowess behind good footwork and staying on the outside with his jab, to avoid the power shots of Sonny Boy, who for his part was sticking to throwing single punches, looking to conserve energy and land the big shot on the body of Nawapon.

As the contest progressed into the sixth round the Thai boxer was unloading swift and aesthetically pleasing combinations, which the the experienced Filipino seemed to be soaking up with his right guard.

The beginning of the end came in the 7th round as both boxers went toe to toe with some powerful exchanges and it was the reigning WBC Asia bantamweight champion, Nawapon, who came out shining as he dropped Sonny Boy to the canvas with a peach of a body shot, a punch that sealed the victory for Nawapon and his team from Bangkok’s Nakornluang gym, as Sonny Boy failed to make the referee’s count.

For his victory, Nawapon improves his professional fight record to 45-1-1, whilst Sonny drops to 45-15-5. That was Nawapon’s second successful defense of his title and his ninth straight win in a row.


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