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Boxing: Big things ahead for Jerwin Ancajas after fifth title defense

Over the weekend, Filipino boxing star and reigning IBF Super Flyweight world champion Jerwin Ancajas added to his already impressive resume after defeating challenger Jonas Sultan in a historic all-Filipino world title bout in Fresno, California.  It was Ancajas' fifth successful title defense since capturing the IBF crown back in late 2016.  To add to the sweet taste of victory, Ancajas was able to hold on to his title in front of a large number of Filipino supporters in California.  Prior to their bout, Ancajas and Sultan were honored by the Filipino community in Los Angeles, which ultimately brought Ancajas to tears.  (READ ALSO: IBF World Champ Ancajas moved to tears after meeting Fil-Am community in LA) "Maganda po, dami na Pilipino na sumusuporta, lalo na sa laban namin sa Fresno. Good yung feeling ko," said Ancajas, who scored a unanimous decision victory over Sultan after 12 rounds. "Maraming kapwa-Pilipino ang sumosuporta, lalo na sa boxing." While it was a dominant victory for Ancajas, who controlled the pace of the fight for majority of the 12 rounds, challenger Sultan also deserves props for being the first challenger to take Ancajas to a decision in the last five bouts.  All of Ancajas' other challengers have all fallen via stoppage.  For Ancajas, it was no surprise that Sultan came out and fought until the very last minute.  "Inisip ko talaga mag-abot ng round." Ancajas said, meaning that he expected the fight to go all 12 rounds. "Kung May knockout na bonus na lang po." Ancajas used his reach and his jab to dismantle Sultan throughout the fight, and while he did get hit with some good shots, was never really in any danger.  "Lalo na kay Sultan, talagang sinasabi ko dati, basta Pinoy, lumalaban talaga, so naisip ko na aabot ng round." Ancajas added.  Whether it came via decision or stoppage, a win is a win, and it's Ancajas' 30th victory, to go with one loss and one draw.  Now, as his star continues to rise, there are some pretty big plans for Ancajas, moving forward.  According to matchmaker Sean Gibbons, the 26-year old Panabo, Davao del Norte native is expected to return to action in October, and he's being prepared to take on the big names at 115-pounds.  "We’re going to pick styles that work well with Jerwin to help him prepare for Juan Estrada, Rungvisai the WBC champion, those are the fights we want." said Gibbons.  With Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada working towards a rematch down the road, to job is to get Ancajas ready for those big names.  "We're going to go back to picking fighters, top ten guys that can prepare us to get to that fight," added Gibbons.  One more possible name that could be in Ancajas' future is super flyweight newcomer and Sultan stablemate Donnie Nietes, the longest-reigning Filipino world champion.  After dominating at the junior flyweight and flyweight divisions for the last few years, Nietes finally made the much-awaited jump up to 115-pounds, and will be making his super flyweigh debut in August, when he takes on fellow Bacolod native Aston Palicte for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship in Cebu.  A Nietes-Ancajas showdown is definitely not outside the realm of possibility, but Nietes will first need to take care of business against Palicte before any discussions for a title-unification bout.    H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnMay 29th, 2018

Boxing: Donnie Nietes, Aston Palicte face off ahead of world title bout

With roughly a month to go before fight night, Filipino contenders Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes and Aston ‘Mighty’ Palicte faced off for the first time ahead of their highly-anticipated all-Filipino title bout.  Hollywood face off. Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicte join #Superfly3 presscon in LA. They fight for the vacant WBO World Title Sept 8 on @HBOboxing @360BoxingPromos @ALAPromotions1 @RoyJonesJrFA pic.twitter.com/2bmF5yQVME — Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) August 9, 2018 Nietes and Palicte are scheduled to fight for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship on the upcoming HBO and 360 Promotions-presented SuperFly 3 card at The Forum in Los Angeles, California this September 8th (September 9th, Manila time). Three-division world champion Nietes will be making his much-awaited debut in the super flyweight division. For the 36-year old Murcia, Negros Occidental native, who still holds the distinction for being the longest-reigning Filipino boxing world champion during his undisputed reign in the light flyweight division, his bout with Palicte serves as another opportunity to showcase his world-class talents to a much bigger audience. “Excited na excited kasi nabigyan ulit ako ng opportunity na makapag-laban dito sa SuperFly,” Nietes told ABS-CBN News’ Steve Angeles during the SuperFly 3 press conference in Hollywood, Wednesday evening. “This is a bug card, malaking tuwa ko na lalaban ako ulit dito sa US, ipapakita ko naman yung talent namin dito sa US." This will be Nietes’ second consecutive fight in the United States, coming off a successful IBF Flyweight World Championship defense against Juan Carlos Reveco at SuperFly 2 back in February, also at The Forum. While Nietes has long been a household name in the Philippines, many saw the ALA Promotions star’s dominant performance as a coming out party of sorts. This time, Nietes finds himself matched up agaisnt a fellow Filipino, who’s hungry for a world championship as well, in Palicte. Originally scheduled to be the headliner for a Pinoy Pride card in Cebu this August, 360 Promotions founder Tom Loeffler saw the opportunity to bring a pair of world-class Pinoy boxers on a much bigger stage. “When we had an opportunity in September 8th to put on a triple-header on HBO, I told peter Nelson of HBO that this is one of the best fights in the super flyweight division, for a WBO world championship and he agreed,” Loeffler said. “Donnie had a great performance in SuperFly 2. Aston now has the opportunity to fight for a world title at 115-pounds. I think it’s a tremendous matchup for these two great Filipino fighters.” Aside from the obvious prestige that comes with fighting for a world title, Palicte also has the opportunity to face off against not only a kababayan, but also someone he’s looked up. “Dati, bata pa ako, siya medyo matanda na sa akin, nakikita ko na sila, ina-idolize ko na sila. Hanggang ngayon, magkalaban na kami.” For the 27-year old Bago,Negros Occidental-native, it’s purely business. “Trabaho yan, part ng trabaho. Sa taas ng ring siguro iba, at pagkatapos ng laban, iba rin. Magkaibigan, pero wala eh, wala tayong magagawa, trabaho lang. Sports lang.” This will be the second all-Filipino world title fight this year, five months after reigning champion Jerwin Ancajas defended his IBF Super Flyweight World Championship against Nietes’ ALA Promotions stablemate Jonas Sultan. And while Nietes would rather not have to face a compatriot, like Palicte said, it’s simply business. “Filipino versus Filipino ang laban, so wala tayong magagawa dun kasi mandatory, so dapat maglaban. Ang sa amin lang, ipakita lang namin yung talento namin, yung galing namin atsaka yung magandang laban namin, ipakita namin sa mga tao, sa mga boxing fans dito sa US.”   H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

2018 s most memorable bits of boxing

The sweet science is always a source of headlines in the sporting world, especially in a country that's full of fight fans like the Philippines. Over the last twelve months, we've seen comebacks, championships, and even a little controversy.  Here are some of the best bits of boxing from 2018!    PAC BACK ON TOP 2018 saw Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao once again claim world championship gold following a bitter and controversial loss to Jeff Horn in 2017.  Fighting in Asia for the first time since 2014, Pacquiao challenged reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia back in July.  Billed as a durable, heavy-hitting brawler, Matthysse was supposed to be the one to threaten Pacquiao with a KO finish.  Instead, looking like the Pacquiao of old, it was the Filipino star who came out aggressive, landing bombs until finally scoring a seventh-round TKO finish, his first since 2009.  Just months shy of his 40th birthday, Pacquiao was a world champion for the eleventh time in his storied career.    THE BREAKUP Prior to Pacquiao's win over Matthysse, the Filipino boxer made headlines the world over after a split from long-time trainer and head coach Freddie Roach.  In April, months before Pacquiao's return to the ring against Matthysse, reports surfaced that Pacquiao, for the first time in over 15 years and 34 bouts, would not be working with the Hall of Fame trainer. According to various sources, the split stemmed from a disagreement between Pacquiao and Roach following the loss to Jeff Horn back in 2017.  Taking Roach's place as head trainer was Pacquiao's best friend, Buboy Fernandez, and judging from the result of the Matthysse bout, it paid dividends.  Still, the split didn't last too long.  Soon after Pacquiao's first WBA title defense against Adrien Broner was announced, both Pacquiao and Roach have confirmed that they will be working together once again.  This time however, Roach will be serving more of a consultant role, guiding Fernandez who remains as Pacquiao's head trainer.    CONTROVERSY SURROUNDS CANELO-GGG 2 In 2017, middleweight stars Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez went to an exciting 12-round draw that warranted a rematch in 2018.  In January, it was announced that the two warriors would square off once again in a Cinco de Mayo rematch. The rematch was put in jeopardy however, when Canelo tested positive for a banned substance in March. By April, the fight was off after the Mexican star decided to withdraw from the highly-anticipated rematch.  The fight eventually pushed through in September, with Alvarez picking up the majority decision win to hand Golovkin his first career loss, and more importantly claim the WBA (Super) and WBC Middleweight World Championships.  Three months later, Canelo would stop British boxer Rocky Fielding in the third round to capture the WBA (Regular) Middleweight World Championship as well.    ALL-FILIPINO For the first time in 92 years, two Filipino boxers faced off for a world championship when reigning IBF Super Flyweight World Champion Jerwin "Pretty Boy" Ancajas defended his title against Jonas "Zorro" Sultan in California.  In the historic meeting, it was Ancajas who emerged victorious, defeating Sultan via unanimous decision as the reigning IBF 115-pound champ continued his run of dominance with five successful title defenses. Four months later, Ancajas would retain his world championship once again, but this time after figuring in a split draw against Mexican Alejandro Santiago.    DONNIE NIETES MAKES THE JUMP Speaking of all-Filipino bouts and going to a draw, Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicte experienced both in just one bout.  Following a spectacular albiet short-lived run at Flyweight, which saw him capture and retain the IBF's 112-pound title, Nietes made the decision to move up to the 115-pound super flyweight division, where he'll be in the same pool as the big names like Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Juan Francisco Estrada, and compatriot Jerwin Ancajas.  Nietes' debut bout at 115 however, would be against fellow Negrense in Palicte, and it would be for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship in September.  In what many believed as a win for Nietes, the 12-round bout went to a controversial split draw, that denied Nietes of the distinction of joining Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. as the only Filipinos to capture four world titles in as many divisions.  Nietes still has the chance to do that before the end of 2018 however, as he gets another shot at the title on New Year's Eve when he meets Japan's Kazuto Ioka in Macau.    BUD MOVES UP Following years of dominance at junior welterweight, Terence "Bud" Crawford also made the jump up to a heavier weight class, and immediately made a splash.  Facing off against WBO Welterweight World Champion Jeff Horn, Crawford announced his arrival at 140-pounds with a dominant TKO win over the Australian in June.  Four months later, Crawford successfully defended the title against Jose Benavidez Jr. with a 12th-round TKO victory.    FLASH FORWARD Nonito Donaire Jr's 2018 didn't start off as well as he would have wanted.  The Filipino Flash lost his April bout to Carl Frampton for the WBO Interim Featherweight World Championship, prompting questions regarding the former four-division world champion's future.  In a surprising move however, Donaire announced that he would be going back down to super bantamweight and would be taking part in the World Boxing Super Series' super bantamweight tournament.  Matched up in the quarterfinal round against Ryan Burnett back in November, Donaire scored what many consider an upset, winning via TKO after the Irishman suffered a back injury. As a result, Donaire advanced into the next round of the tournament with the WBA (Super) Bantamweight World Championship around his waist.  Up next for Donaire will be WBO Super Bantamweight World Champion Zolani Tete of South Africa in the semifinals.    WILDER AND FURY GO TO WAR In one of the most talked-about heavyweight bouts in recent history, WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury put on a 12-round war that ended in...surprise, surprise, a split draw. Fury used his movement and technique to dictate the pace over Wilder throughout the 12-round bout, but the reigning champion dropped the British challenger in the final round that led to the draw decision, setting up what could be another highly-anticipated rematch in the future. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2018

Boxing: Manny Pacquiao arrives in Los Angeles ahead of Broner bout

Eight-division world champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao has arrived in Los Angeles with less than a month to go before his scheduled WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Championship bout against Adrien Broner.  Pacquiao, who turned 40 earlier this month, will be making his US boxing return after a two-year hiatus on January 19th in Las Vegas, where he will be making his first defense of the WBA title against Broner.          View this post on Instagram                   #TheChampIsHere @mannypacquiao arrives in Los Angeles three weeks before his Jan 19 Las Vegas fight vs Adrien Broner. #pacquiaobroner #boxing #PacMan 🇵🇭🥊👊🏼 @shosports @abscbnsports #balitangamerica #buhaymedia A post shared by Steve Angeles (@steve_angeles_) on Dec 22, 2018 at 7:17pm PST Pacquiao will likely resume training at the world-famous Wild Card Boxing Gym in Los Angeles, after patching things up with long-time mentor Freddie Roach.  Roach, who worked with Pacquiao for the better part of 16 years, was absent during Pacquiao's WBA title-clinching win over Argentinian Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia last July.  The two sides have since reconnected and have confirmed that they will be working together for the upcoming Broner fight. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2018

Jerwin Ancajas retains IBF belt via split draw

MANILA, Philippines – Jerwin Ancajas struggled in his sixth title defense but nonetheless remained as the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight king.  The Filipino champion figured in a split draw with Mexican challenger Alejandro Santiago Barrios at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California on Friday, September 28 (Saturday, September ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

Jerwin Ancajas keeps IBF title after split draw

Filipino boxing star Jerwin Ancajas settled for a split draw against Alejandro Santiago of Mexico Saturday (Manila time) at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Ancajas retained his IBF super flyweight belt in his sixth title defense since winning the crown following a unanimous decision victory over McJoe Arroyo of Puerto Rico two years ago. One judge had it 116-112 for Ancajas while the other scored it 118-111 for Santiago and the third saw it dead even at 114. The 26-year-old Ancajas was the much taller fighter but Santiago proved to be a tough nut to crack. Santiago was feisty and unfazed as he willingly exchanged with Ancajas, who picked it up in the latter part of t...Keep on reading: Jerwin Ancajas keeps IBF title after split draw.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

Bob Arum predicts big things for Jerwin Ancajas

Top Rank chairman Bob Arum has big plans for IBF superflyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas and expects nothing less than an impressive performance in his sixth title defense against Mexican Alejandro Santiago at the Oracle Arena here this morning (Manila time)......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

Ancajas makes weight ahead of Barrios fight

      OAKLAND, California – Making weight is a breeze for Jerwin Ancajas. Hours away from the official weigh-in on Thursday, September 27, Ancajas hit the limit for his sixth defense of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight crown on Friday, September 28 (Saturday in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 27th, 2018

Filipino boxer Jerwin Ancajas leaves for U.S. for title defense

MANILA, Philippines – Free of worries, Jerwin Ancajas and his team will fly to the US Wednesday night, September 19, to wrap up preparations for his International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight title fight against Mexican Alejandro Santiago Barrios set September 29 (September 30 in Manila). His wife and newborn baby girl safely at their ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Ancajas stakes IBF belt against Mexican Sept. 29

Jerwin Ancajas will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight crown against dangerous Mexican Alejandro Santiago Barrios on Sept. 29 in California. According to his manager Joven Jimenez, the tentative venue is in Oakland, instead of Fresno, and will be shown on ESPN+ which also carried Manny Pacquiao's July 15 fight against Lucas Matthysse. It will be the sixth title defense for the 26-year-old Ancajas, whose latest conquest was compatriot Jonas Sultan last May, the first time in nearly a century that Filipinos vied for a world title. Jimenez said they have yet to sign the dotted line, although it was already confirmed by international match maker Sean Gi...Keep on reading: Ancajas stakes IBF belt against Mexican Sept. 29.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

Ancajas returns to Fresno for September title defense

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – What he failed to do the first time, Jerwin Ancajas intends to achieve when he returns to Fresno, California, on September 14 to defend the International Boxing Federation super flyweight crown. The challenger has yet to be named, but international matchmaker Sean Gibbons told the media Friday afternoon, July 13, that ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Boxing: World Champ Ancajas arrives in Manila after successful title defense

Reigning IBF Super Flyweight world champion Jerwin Ancajas made his way back home in the Philippines after a successful title defense in Fresno, California over the weekend.  IBF superflyweight champ Jerwin Ancajas arrives in Manila pic.twitter.com/W7iNeCk5X2 — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) May 29, 2018 Ancajas is happy that both him and Sultan are safe after an intense 12 round bout. Jerwin will be resting for a couple of weeks before going back to his usual training sched. pic.twitter.com/vuWRXrtY3C — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) May 29, 2018 Ancajas, 26, arrived in Manila Tuesday evening, two days after defeating fellow Filipino Jonas Sultan via unanimous decision for his fifth consecutive successful title defense since winning the IBF's 115-pound title back in 2016.  The champ will get some time to rest before he returns to training.  For now, there's no official word yet on what's next for Ancajas, but Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum has talked about having Ancajas unify titles with WBA Super Flyweight champion Khalid Yafai.  Matchmaker Sean Gibbons on the other hand, talked about getting Ancajas ready for the likes of 115-pound stars Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018

Boxing: Home-bound Jonas Sultan in high spirits after loss to Jerwin Ancajas

History was made last weekend, as for the first time in nearly a century, two Filipino boxers squared off for a world title when reigning IBF Super Flyweight world champion Jerwin Ancajas succesfully defended his title against challenger Jonas Sultan in Fresno, California.  It was the fifth straight successful title defense for Panabo, Davao del Norte's Ancajas, while it was Zamboanga del Norte-native Sultan's first crack at a world championship.  And while it was a clear-cut win for Ancajas, Sultan isn't holding his head down.  The ALA Boxing standout managed to take the defending champion to 12 rounds, losing only via unanimous decision, something that hasn't been done in Ancajas' last four fights prior to facing Sultan.  Sultan is in fact, the first challenger to go the distance with Ancajas.  "It’s ok, I need more practice. More combinations. More distance fighting." said Sultan, who had a reach disadvantage against Ancajas.  The length played a major factor as Ancajas was able to pick Sultan apart with jabs while staying out of the challenger's range.  "I don’t make combinations because he’s a distance fighter. When I go inside, he’s moving outside." Sultan added. "Hindi ko talaga ma-combination kasi malayo na siya. Marunong mag-distansya." At the end of the day however, Sultan is just proud to have been part of history.  "I’m so proud fighting here, it’s my first time. It’s a world title. It’s historical. I do my best."  After months of being away from his family to prepare for this momentous world title opportunity, Sultan finally gets to go back home as he flew back to Cebu, Tuesday morning.  (READ ALSO: Focused on world title, challenger Jonas Sultan sacrifices time with family) So excited was Sultan that he arrived at the departure gates four hours before his scheduled flight.  The 26-year old says he'll take some time off and relax for a bit before getting back to work.    H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018

Ancajas decisions Sultan, keeps IBF super fly crown

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo Senior Reporter IT was a fifth successful defense for Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas as he defeated Jonas “Zorro” Sultan in their all-Filipino clash for the International Boxing Federation super flyweight title, winning by a convincing unanimous decision. The first Filipino versus Filipino battle for a world title after 93 years,… link: Ancajas decisions Sultan, keeps IBF super fly crown.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

Ancajas decisions Sultan, keeps IBF super fly crown

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo Senior Reporter IT was a fifth successful defense for Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas as he defeated Jonas “Zorro” Sultan in their all-Filipino clash for the International Boxing Federation super flyweight title, winning by a convincing unanimous decision. The first Filipino versus Filipino battle for a world title after 93 years, […] The post Ancajas decisions Sultan, keeps IBF super fly crown appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 27th, 2018

Ancajas’ potential unification fight foe Yafai wants to be division ‘top man’

MANILA, Philippines – Bigger things are coming for International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight titleholder Jerwin Ancajas. And it wouldn't be far-fetched to see him adding another title to his name.  After retaining his IBF belt in a 12-round unanimous decision win over compatriot Jonas Sultan , Ancajas (30-1-1, 20 knockouts) could be heading into a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 27th, 2018

Ancajas, Sultan make weight for super flyweight title bout

Sultan and Ancajas face off during the weigh in ahead of their title bout. Photo from TR BOXING The first All-Filipino title bout in almost a century is good to go as both champion Jerwin Ancajas a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 27th, 2018

Bob Arum excited over ‘historic’ Ancajas-Sultan bout

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum was all smiles as he explained why IBF superflyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas’ fifth title defense against countryman Jonas Sultan will write boxing history at the Save Mart Center here tonight (tomorrow morning, Manila)......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 26th, 2018

Jerwin Ancajas to stay in champion mind-set against compatriot Jonas Sultan

FILIPINO International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas makes his fifth defense of his title this weekend and is just as focused and determined as in his previous fights even if he is going up against a compatriot this time around. Set to take on Jonas “Zorro” Sultan of Zamboanga on […] The post Jerwin Ancajas to stay in champion mind-set against compatriot Jonas Sultan appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

LOOK: Jerwin Ancajas gears up for first all-Filipino world title bout in 93 years

MANILA, Philippines – With a week left before his 5th title defense, Jerwin Ancajas has been buckling down to work before facing compatriot Jonas Sultan for the International Boxing Federation super flyweight title on Saturday, May 26 (Sunday, May 27 in Manila) in Fresno, California. Ancajas, who left the Philippines ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

Boxing: Jonas Sultan heads to US for historic world title bout against champ Jerwin Ancajas

With a little over two weeks to go before his historic all-Filipino world title bout against reigning and defending IBF Super Flyweight World Champion Jerwin Ancajas, ALA Promotions rising star Jonas Sultan has made his way stateside.  The 26-year old Zamboanga del Norte native arrived touched down in Los Angeles, California earlier this week.  "Nagpapasalamat ako na nakarating na ako dito sa Los Angeles," Sultan told ABS-CBN News' Steve Angeles. "Excited na ako sa darating na laban. Medyo kailangan ko mag-adjust sa weather so I need more practice here." The upcoming title bout at the Selland Arena in Fresno is the biggest opportunity to date for the up-and-coming Sultan, who boasts a 14-3 professional record with nine wins coming via KO. And while he's riding a five-fight winning streak with wins over former world champions Sonny Boy Jaro and Johnriel Casimero, Sultan is coming in as a heavy underdog against Manny Pacquiao protege Ancajas.  Ancajas will be looking for his fifth successful title defense.  To make sure that Sultan will be primed and ready for his first crack at a world championship, he's being joined in training camp by three-division world champion and ALA Promotions stablemate Donnie "Ahas" Nietes.  Nietes, who just recently announced his move up to the super flyweight division, will be the perfect training partner for the young Sultan.  "Tinutulungan ko si Jonas Sultan mag-ensayo dito, baka mag-sparring din kami," said Nietes.  For Sultan, having Donnie in camp is more than just getting an elite-level training partner. "Masaya ako kasi kasama ko si Donnie," said Sultan. "Inspiration ko kasi siya, world champion siya. Alam ko mabibigyan niya ako ng tips kung paano lumaban kay Jerwin." Nietes, the longest-reigning Filipino boxing world champion could have an all-Filipino world title match in his horizon as well, as the WBO has reportedly ordered a title match for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship between Nietes and fellow Negrense Aston Palicte.  While there is no official announcement yet, Nietes says that it's better to stay ready and in shape.  "Siyempre para sa akin, dapat reding-ready ako anytime, baka biglang mag schedule na." Before jumping up to 115-pounds, Nietes successfully defended his IBF Flyweight World Championship against Juan Carlos Reveco in Los Angeles last February.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 6th, 2018