IT’S part of the job, part of the business.
Although a bit disappointed, Jerwin Ancajas shrugged off the postponed defense of his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight title, saying things are all part and parcel of boxing.
“Normal lang po yan sa boxing. Sanay na po kami sa ganyan,” said the 27-year-old Filipino from Carson, California on Saturday. “Sanay na po kami sa ganyan.”
Ancajas was supposed to stake his 115-lbs belt on Sunday (Manila time) against Mexican Jonathan Rodriguez. Unfortunately, a visa snafu prevented the challenger and his from travelling to the US, forcing Top Rank Promotions to cancel the fight at the Dignity Health Sports Park at the last minute.
“Nangyayari yan. Sanay na kami ni Jerwin diyan,” added trainer Joven Jimenez. “Focus pa rin kami sa training. Si Sir Sean (Gibbons, president of Manny Pacquiao (MP) Promotions and Top Rank ang bahala a pong mag-usap ulit.”
Latest word from Carson had the Ancajas-Rodriguez bout pushing through on Dec. 7 in Mexico.
“Yan po ang plano. Naghihintay kami ng confirmation,” said Jimenez.
With about a month before the new scheduled fight takes place, Ancajas and Jimenez are to stay in California for the next four weeks where he will resume his training.
“Dito na kami mag-training ni Jerwin. Tuluy-tuloy lang po ang training namin,” said Jimenez.