REDONDO BEACH, CALIFORNIA – Super-flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas is not about to be drawn into a heated word war with challenger Jonas Sultan.
Instead, he’s using all those talks as motivation when he stakes his International Boxing Federation (IBF) title on May 26 in Fresno, California.
“Natsa-challenge ako sa mga sinasabi niya. Ginaganahan ako lalokaya nagpapakundisyon ako ng husto,” said Ancajas on Thursday night (Friday, Manila time) after going through a light training routine under trainer-manager Joven Jimenez at the Homewood Suites-Hilton here.
Sultan was previously quoted in past interviews that he was the faster and bigger fighter between the two.
The 26-year-old Ancajas however, would have none of it.
“Wala akong masabi kung 'yun ang pananaw niya,” was his curt reply.
As someone shooting for a world title for the very first time however, Sultan is expected to come out with an aggressive mindset, according to the champion.
“Kaya naghahanda kami kung anuman ang dalhin ni Sultan sa ring, handa kami ni coach Joven,” said Ancajas.
Although the first world title fight between two Filipino fighters in the last 93 years is still more than a week away, Ancajas said he’s already more than 90 percent ready to take on the 26-year-old pride of the Cebu-based ALA boxing stable.
“Para sa akin totally handa na ako kahit anong oras ako lumaban. Yung pag-iisip ko nasa laban na,” said Ancajas, refusing to claim he’s already 100 percent prepared for the bout lest he be faulted for being overconfident.
But one can see the champion is now focused for the historic bout with the way he approaches the final days of his training, one which saw him do just light workout and work on the mitts interchangeably with Jimenez, former Asian Games gold medalist Roberto Jalnaiz, and former amateur boxing standout Delfin Boholst.
The champion and challenger get to meet face-to-face this Saturday with a ‘meet and greet’ event at the Filipino-American Community Cultural Center to promote the fight among the Filipino-American community here.
Commemorative plaques will be given to both world-ranked Filipino fighters, according to Jayson ‘JhayOh’ Otamias, who’s based in Torrance, California and is a contributing photographer for SPIN.ph.
Ancajas trains one last time here on Monday morning before his entourage goes on a three-hour drive to Fresno, California for fight week.