THE month-long wait for Jerwin Ancajas is over.
And no one can blame him if he unleashes his fury on Chilean challenger Miguel Gonzales.
The 27-year-old Ancajas stakes his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight crown on Saturday in Puebla, Mexico (Sunday, Manila time) in a fight that had been pushed back for about a month.
The Filipino champion was scheduled to fight Mexican Jonathan Rodriguez in Carson, California on Nov. 2 . But a snafu on the visa of the challenger prompted Top Rank Promotions to call off the fight at the last minute.
Instead, the title defense was rescheduled on Dec. 8 (Manila time) with a new opponent and the fight now taking place in Mexico.
So as not to break his regimen, Ancajas, trainer Joven Jimenez, and a small number of his contingent stayed in the US for the next four weeks and continued their training.
Now it all comes down to this.
“Maganda ang kundisyon ni Jerwin, ready na siya,” said Jimenez from Mexico, where Ancajas will be fighting for the very first time.
The champion (31-1-2, with 21 KOs) tipped the scale at 114.4 on Saturday’s official weigh-in, although the venue announcer initially pronounced him at 115.
The challenger (31-2, with 8 KOs), fighting outside of Chile just for the second time, came in at 114.6
For good measure, nutritionist coach Jeaneth Aro also followed Ancajas’ team in Mexico to follow up on the champion’s weight after a hectic schedule that saw her check from time to time the nutritional intake of Team Philippine members to the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
“Malaking tulong si Mam Jeaneth, siya nagluluto ng mga kakainin ni Jerwin,” said Jimenez, who was grateful for the gesture shown by the celebrated nutritionist.
“Noong umuwi kasi siya (last Nov), sabi niya hindi na siya babalik dahil sa SEA Games,” the trainer added. “Kaya salamat ng marami kay Mam Jeaneth at tumuloy pa rin siya dito.”
The Ancajas-Gonzales bout serves as a main undercard in the junior featherweight title match between defending champion Emanuel Navarrete and Francisco Horta.