LOS ANGELES – Despite his dominant showing, Jerwin Ancajas also sustained lumps and bruises following his 12-round unanimous decision win over Jonas Sultan in their world super-flyweight championship showdown.
A welt on his right eye and an aching forehead and cheek were just proof of the war he had to endure with Sultan at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California on Saturday night.
The reigning International Boxing Federation champion said a number of times he clashed heads with the challenger, resulting in several marks on his face a day after the title fight.
“Eto na head butt po ako,” he meekly said while applying a pack of ice on his face just before leaving the Courtyard Marriot Hotel with his team. “Pero hindi naman sadya, talagang nangyayari yun lalo at southpaw kasi ako.”
Ancajas raised his record to 30-1, with 20 KOs, and had nothing but praises for his fellow Filipino.
“Malakas sumuntok at magandang experience rin yung makalaban ang isang fighter na tulad niya,” he said, referring to Sultan’s awkward style of fighting.
Just before driving back here, the 26-year-old champion, trainer Joven Jimenez, and Ancajas’ small entourage were hosted for lunch by former Imus City mayor Homer Saquilayan, who has been a long-time supporter of the Panabo City native, along with Philippine Olympic Committee chairman Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino.
Ancajas’ famed ‘Survival’ training camp is located in Magallanes, Cavite, under the jurisdiction of Tolentino, who is congressman of the seventh district of Cavite. The House of Representative official was also the one who sponsored the construction of the camp’s courtyard.
Shortly after checking in at Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel, the champ relaxed in front of the huge television screen to watch Game Seven of the Eastern Conference finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics despite hardly having any sleep yet.
“Saglit lang ako nakatulog sa biyahe,” he said of the three-hour drive here from Fresno, accompanied by international matchmaker Sean Gibbons and son Brendan Gibbons.
After savoring the Cavs’ huge 87-79 win along with Jimenez, a LeBron James fan, to earn another trip to the NBA finals, Ancajas shared dinner with his team consists of salad, chicken, rice, pizza and churros.
A few hours after, it was already lights out inside the champion’s room.
“Pagod na rin yan, sir. Halos wala pang tulog after the fight,” Jimenez told Manila-based sportswriters who tried to have some parting words from the champion before he was supposed to call it day.
Ancajas and Co. are bound to return to the Philippines on Tuesday.