WORLD champion Jerwin Ancajas will have the benefit of a brief rest before plunging back to training for another possible title defense this summer.
The camp of Ancajas said the 26-year-old Filipino needs to stay in shape despite coming off a successful defense of his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight title over the weekend as Top Rank Promotions could likely line him up for a fight in two or three months’ time.
“Hintay namin ang tawag ng Top Rank. Baka by next week may plano na sila sir,” said trainer Joven Jimenez upon the team's arrival early Wednesday from the US where Ancajas successfully defended his title against Israel Gonzalez of Mexico.
Jimenez said Ancajas could be back in the ring either by April or May, with fellow Filipino Jonas Sultan as the likely opponent in a mandatory title defense or whoever Top Rank would likely pit against him.
Promoter Bob Arum is looking at the possibility of including the Panabo, Davao del Norte native in the April 14 card headlined by the world welterweight title bout between undefeated Terrence Crawford and Jeff Horn if Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao won’t be available to fight for the specified date to be held at the Madison Square Garden in New York.
If Pacquiao, 38, decides to make a comeback, Ancajas’ fight will be moved to the end of May.
“Depende talaga lahat sa plano ng Top Rank,” added Jimenez.
Ancajas returned to a hero’s welcome following his successful U.S. debut that saw him score a 10th-round stoppage of Gonzalez at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
He was reunited with wife Ruth and children Kyrie and Kyle at their home in Magallanes, Cavite where people flocked to the champion’s celebrated ‘Survival Camp.’
“Ang dami pong bisita ngayon dito,” said Jimenez, who, together with Ancajas and the rest of the team, didn’t get to sleep and rest during the 13-hour flight from Los Angeles to Manila.
“Na-excite masyado pag uwi sir, puro kuwentuhan lang sa eroplano,” he added.