Jaro Eyes Flyweight Title Friday

MANILA, Philippines - Filipino world title challenger Sonny Boy Jaro left for Thailand a few days ago without fanfare.

Jaro faces reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam today in the city of Chonburi and is looking forward to returning to Manila holding the Thai hero's head.

But the odds are stacked heavily against the 29-year-old Jaro, who brings to the ring a record of 33-10-5 with 23 knockouts.

Wonjongkam is the most celebrated Thai fighter in decades and enters the scheduled 12-rounder with an 83-3-2 slate with 44 knockouts.

But Jaro is undaunted, knowing that he has the power to knock the WBC 112-lb crown off the 34-year-old Wonjongkam.

If victorious, Jaro will join Manny Pacquiao, Nonito Donaire Jr., Brian Viloria and Donnie Nietes as the country's current world champions.

Some of the greatest upsets scored by Filipinos in world title fights took place in Thailand with the same belt at stake.

In December 1970, Erbito Salavarria knocked out defending champion Chartchai Chionoi in Bangkok, while Pacquiao captured the same belt when he flattened Chatchai Sasakul in December 1998 and Malcolm Tunacao stopped Medgoen 3K Battery in May 1999 to become champion.