THE Golden State Warriors may have broken the heart of world champion Jerwin Ancajas several times in the past, but that didn’t stop him from paying the team the ultimate respect.
Ancajas, a certified Cleveland Cavaliers fan, honored the two-time reigning NBA champions on Saturday when he wore Stephen Curry’s popular no. 30 jersey during his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight title bout against Alejandro Santiago of Mexico in Oakland, California.
The 26-year-old Filipino was garbed in a Curry blue and yellow jersey when he paraded for his ring entrance at the Oracle Arena – the home of the Warriors – and later on, after the fight was over when Ancajas retained his belt following a split draw against his Mexican challenger.
“Home court kasi ng Golden State itong Oracle Arena kaya it was his way of paying tribute daw sa Warriors,” related Alvin S. Go, who serves as the official photographer of Team Ancajas.
The Warriors have beaten the Cavs three times in four straight meetings during the NBA Finals.
Trainer Joven Jimenez, also a known Cavs fan until LeBron James left the team for the Los Angeles Lakers, said it was Ancajas’ idea to dress in a Curry uniform on fight night.
Still, that doesn’t make the pride of Panabo, Davao Del Norte to shift alliance and root for Curry and the Warriors come the new NBA season.
“Cavs pa rin daw siya,” said Jimenez.
And his favorite player remains the same, too.
“Si Kyrie (Irving) pa rin,” the trainer added, referring to the shifty former Cavs playmaker now playing for the Boston Celtics.