First-time US visitor Jerwin Ancajas fulfills life-long dream ahead of LA title defense
Jerwin Ancajas and his team upon arrival in the US.

JERWIN Ancajas just crossed out another goal on his bucket list.

The reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight champion felt like a child just who received his first Christmas gift upon setting foot in the US for the very first time on Friday (Manila time).

Trainer Joven Jimenez shared how thrilled Ancajas was on their way from Manila to Los Angeles as it has been his dream to one day visit America.

“Pangarap daw niya na makarating sa US, “said Jimenez in a correspondence with shortly after the three-man team of Ancajas, Jimenez, and former Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga arrived in LA following a long, 13-hour flight.

“Sobrang saya niya po sir,” added the soft-spoken Jimenez, who also served as Ancajas’ manager. “Hindi mapigil ang ngiti niya nung naka-akyat sa eroplano at lalo na pagdating dito. Sobrang saya niya.”

Upon arriving at the Tom Bradley International Airport, Ancajas lost no time taking souvenir photos of himself especially with the words Los Angeles in the backdrop.

“Hindi mapigil ang saya sir, kaya eto tulog agad,” said Jimenez.

By next week, he hopes to accomplish another goal on his bucket list as he defends his IBF title against Israel Gonzales at the Bank of America Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The 26-year-old champion and his team will stay in California until Monday (Manila time) when they travel to Texas for the Feb. 3 fight in the undercard of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) super-middleweight title bout between champion Gilberto Ramirez and Habib Ahmed.  

So far the cold LA weather suits Ancajas fine, according to Jimenez.

“Tama lang naman (ang lamig) sir,” he said.

Fighting before the American crowd also for the first time, the native of Panabo, Davao del Norte can’t wait to show before a discerning audience the stuff he is made of.

“Excited na po ako na maipakita kung anuman yung talent ko sa Amerika,” said the champion, whose record stands at 28-1, with 19 KOs.

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