ONE-TIME world title challenger Jonas Sultan breaks into the bantamweight rankings following his impressive win in the US.
Sultan is now rated No. 9 in the bantamweight division by the World Boxing Association (WBA) in its recently released August rankings.
The 29-year-old Sultan is ranked below former world champion Emmanuel Rodriguez (No. 8), Lee McGregor (No. 7), Ramon Cardenas (No. 6), ex-world titleholder Liborio Solis (No. 5), Melvin Lopez (No. 4), Manyo Plange (No. 3), Gary Antonio Russell (No. 2) and Raus’hee Warren (No. 1).
The current WBA bantamweight champion is Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue.
Sultan was impressive in his last fight despite coming off a two-year hiatus. He knocked out Sharone Carter in seven rounds on Aug. 14, 2021 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Sultan, a native of Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte, campaigned most of his career at super flyweight. He rose up to the super flyweight division and earned a world title shot after back-to-back wins over former world champion Sonny Boy Jaro and current World Boxing Organization bantamweight king Johnriel Casimero.
Sultan fought fellow Filipino and current International Boxing Federation super flyweight titlist Jerwin Ancajas in 2018 in Fresno, California. He, however, lost via a lopsided unanimous decision.
Sultan, who’s 17-5 with 11 knockouts, is currently training at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, waiting for another fight in the US. (EKA)