THE Jerwin Ancajas-Jonas Sultan world title fight will have to wait a little longer.
Top Rank Promotions on Thursday announced the postponement of the Jeff Horn-Terrence Crawford showdown for the World Boxing Organization welterweight belt after the American challenger suffered a right hand injury in training camp.
Ancajas and Sultan were scheduled to fight in the undercard of the April 14 bout at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
The Ancajas camp has already been told by Top Rank of the sudden change in plan, as per international matchmaker Sean Gibbons.
"Malaman daw ang next move kay Mr. Bob Arum sabi sa kanya," according to Ancajas trainer Joven Jimenez.
Gibbons is currently in the country to have the contract for the first ever all-Filipino world title match in 93 years signed this week.
Crawford hurt his right hand during a recent sparring session. Although the injury is not serious, the unbeaten American needs time for the hand to completely heal.
At the most, according to Arum, the fight card would be moved on May 19 or early in June.
As of post time, ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer and Sultan head trainer Edito ‘Ala’ Villamor have yet to be given formal postponement.
Jimenez said the 26-year-old Ancajas took the bad news lightly.
“Walang probleman kay Jerwin, Nakangiti lang naman ito palagi,” he said.
While stressing they’ve been ready for the Sultan fight, Jimenez said putting off the bout for another date gives the champion a longer time to prepare for his fifth defense of the crown he won in 2016 with a unanimous decision win over McJoe Arroyo of Puerto Rico.
“At least mas mahaba ang preparasyon namin ngayon,” said Ancajas’ manager. “OK naman kung anuman ang plano nila. Basta nakahanda kami palagi.”