WHAT can world champion do after his scheduled title fight was called off at the last minute?
Relax and enjoy his other favorite sport.
That’s exactly what reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas did as he watched an NBA game live for the very first time at the Staples Center last Monday (Manila time).
Ancajas was at ringside for the game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz which the home team won, 105-94.
The world champ was with trainer/ manager Joven Jimenez, Brendan Gibbons, Joebert Alvarez, and Dondon Llagas, their tickets provided by Carlo Singson of NBA Philippines and columnist/broadcaster Quinito Henson.
“Grabeng tuwa ni Jerwin, first time niya nakapanood ng NBA game na live,” said Jimenez from Los Angeles. “Pambawi na rin sa lungkot dito.”
Jimenez obviously was referring to Ancajas’ supposed defense of his 115-lbs belt last Sunday in Carson, California which didn’t push through after challenger Jonathan Rodriguez encountered a visa snafu in Mexico.
The fight has since been reset to Dec. 7 in Mexico, with Ancajas and Jimenez staying put in LA in the four weeks leading to the bout.
“Ito lang makapagbigay ng sobrang saya (kay Jerwin). Mahilig kasi sa NBA,” said Jimenez of his protégé, who’s been a known Kyrie Irving and Los Angeles Lakers fan.
“Si Jerwin Lakers at Nets ang paborito,” he added.
But the respite is only for a brief spell as Ancajas will be back in training this week to maintain his fighting form in time for his fight against Rodriguez.
“Focus na ulit kami,” said Jimenez. “Kasama naman ang mga ganyan sa buhay boxing.”