CHONBURI, THAILAND– Former contender Sonny Boy Jaro (34-10-5) provided boxing with its first shocking upset of 2012 when he knocked out veteran Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (83-4-2, 44 KOs) to claim the WBC flyweight title.
The fight was awkward from the opening bell as both fighters struggled with balance issues due to earlier rain. Jaro jumped out to an early lead with a first round knockdown. Wonjongkam boxed well behind straight lefts to take rounds two and three, but was hurt and dropped again in the fourth round. The bell saved the champion, but Jaro repeated his feat for a third time in the sixth. This time Wonjongkam would be saved by the referee after a final flurry of blows put the deposed champion back on the canvas.
The win is Jaro’s first world title after three previous unsuccessful challenges. The defeat marks Wonjongkam’s first loss since dropping a decision to Daisuke Naito in 2007.