Learning doesn't stop for Ancajas' conditioning coach as he takes short course at Cal State
Former national men's team stalwart Delfin Boholst acts as strength and conditioning coach of world champion Jerwin Ancajas. Alvin S. Go

LOS ANGELES — A key member of Jerwin Ancajas’ team won’t be coming back with them when they return to the Philippines on Tuesday.

Former national boxing team stalwart Delfin Boholst is staying behind as he’s set to enroll in a short course on strength and conditioning at the Cal State University, Fullerton.

Boholst, who represented the country in the Asian Games and the Southeast Asian Games, will start attending classes starting this week until June 9.

The retired Philippine Army first lieutenant said he is eager to learn more especially after being tapped to take charge of the strength and conditioning program of the reigning International Boxing Federation super-flyweight champion.

“Sa akin lang ito para lang matuto pa ng iba,” said Boholst, whose only previous training in the field are the seminars conducted by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) in the past.

“Sayang kasi yung oras. Nandito ka na rin lang,” said the 35-year-old Boholst.

As part of his job, Boholst takes turns with trainer Joven Jimenez and former Asian Games gold medalist and two-time Olympian Roberto Jalnaiz in working the pads with Ancajas during training.

He is also in-charge of the food to be served to Ancajas especially during training camp as prepared by registered nutritionist and dietitian Loveleah Uli-basang.

Boholst worked his second fight with Ancajas here as the 26-year-old champion retained his title belt with a 12-round unanimous decision over fellow Filipino Jonas Sultan.

He first came on board during Ancajas’ US debut in January when the Panabo City native scored a 10-round stoppage of Mexican Israel Gonzalez at the American Bank Centre in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Like Boholst and Jalnaiz, Jimenez was once a member of the national team.

Follow the writer on Twitter: @gerardmos