By: Dennis "dSource" Guillermo
Sonny Boy Jaro's (Singwancha) reign as the Ring and WBC's flyweight champion was abruptly ended in Japan last month after failing to fend off Toshiyuki Igarashi in a close and controversial split decision loss. But despite the loss, Jaro has maintained his ranking as one of the top flyweights in the world, and is awaiting another shot at a world title, or even a rematch against Igarashi.
Nothing has come easy for the 30-year-old heavy hitter in his more than a decade-long professional boxing career, which is why Jaro has learned to look ahead and invest on his financial stability. And amidst trying times of defeat, Jaro has found himself engaged in a couple of business ventures that he hopes to sustain his family long after he decides to hang up his fighting gloves.
Jaro is busy running his own footwear business these days, and is also set to up up his own cellular phone retail store and repair shop in SM Sta. Mesa in September. "Meron kang alpombra? (Do you have "alphombra")," I asked Jaro, referring to a popular footwear that originated in Marikina City, the Philippines's shoe capital. "Oo meron! Marami! (Yes I do. I have a lot)" Jaro replied.
But before people start getting the wrong impression and start writing him off, Jaro has no plans to retire in favor of being a businessman any time soon. In fact, Jaro has been training while juggling his business ventures for a fight next month in Iligan, and possibly in October in the undercard of WBC's minimumweight title fight.
Last week, Jaro took time to aid in rescue and relief operations together with manager/promoter Aljoe Jaro, Denver Cuello and members of the Jaro boxing gym for flood victims in Angono, Rizal.
It's nice to know that even in defeat, fighters like Jaro can find themselves their silver lining and continue to press forward. The happy-go-lucky pride of Silay City, Negros Occidental wanted to express his gratitude for the support he has gotten from Filipino boxing fans, and those who continue to believe in him.
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