Jerwin Ancajas camp rules out weight concerns ahead of world title defense
Jerwin Ancajas has no weighty issue heading to his world title defense. Jhay Otamias

JERWIN Ancajas feasted on chicken and beef soup, steamed fish, and a little serving of rice for dinner on Wednesday (U.S. time).

And why not? The Filipino now has the luxury of enjoying a heavy meal as weight is now hardly a concern heading to the defense of his International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight title this Sunday.

Trainer Joven Jimenez said Ancajas is now just a pound over the weight limit with still three days before Ancajas and challenger Israel Gonzalez tip the scale for the 12-round fight's official weigh-in on Friday.

The title bout is set on Saturday at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

"OK na, 116 pounds na po siya," said Jimenez.

The limit is at 115 lbs, the same weight the camp of Ancajas hopes the champion will carry during the weigh-in.

"Tama lang yung plano namin na pagkuha sa timbang niya," Jimenez added.

Prior to departing for the U.S. last week, Jimenez disclosed Ancajas was still a little bit worried about his weight.

But now that the champion had it under control, Ancajas can now fully focus on the 12-round fight - his fourth defense of the title he won against McJoe Arroyo in Sept. 2016.

"Yung laban na lang ang iisipin namin ngayon," added Ancajas' longtime trainer and manager.

The 26-year-old pride of Panabo, Davao del Norte, who fights out of Manny Pacquiao Promotions, carries a ring record of 28-1 with 19 KOs and is fighting in the U.S. for the first time.

Gonzalez will also be fighting for the first time before an American crowd and holds a record of 21-2, including 8 KOs.

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