Young Jonas Sultan excited for world title shot, not taking champion Ancajas lightly

Santino Honasan on Sep 18, 2017 03:52 PM
Sultan excited for title shot, not taking champion lightly
"Excited na ako, kasi bihira lang yung ganun, yung medyo bago-bago ka pa lang, pero may laban ka na para sa world championship, pero para sa akin, talagang lalaban ako."

Heading into his world title eliminator bout against former two-division world champion John Riel Casimero at Pinoy Pride 42 in Cebu, it would seem as though the odds were stacked against young ALA Boxing rising star Jonas Sultan. 

At just 13-3 in his young career, the 25-year old was facing a more experienced, more seasoned fighter in Casimero, who was coming in at 24-2. 

Prior to moving up to super-flyweight, Casimero ruled the IBF's flyweight division. 

On fight night however, Sultan stepped up to the challenge and appeared to be a step ahead of Casimero throughout the fight, eventually earning a unanimous decision nod and snapping Casimero's three-fight winning streak. 

More importantly, it gives Sultan a shot at the IBF super-flyweight world championship, currently held by Jerwin Ancajas, the lone world champion under Manny Pacquiao's MP Promotions. 

Sultan admits that his win over Casimero however, was no walk in the park. 

"Sobrang saya ko kasi nanalo ako sa laban namin ni Casimero. Mahirap siyang kalabanin, malakas pa din." Sultan told ABS-CBN Sports. 

The reigning IBF Inter-Continental super-flyweight champion is fully aware of what's next. 

"Nung nanalo ako, sabi ko world championship na sunod."

The Zamboanga del Norte native knows that opportunities like this don't come around too often, especially for someone who's only 17 fights into his career. 

"Excited na ako, kasi bihira lang yung ganun, yung medyo bago-bago ka pa lang, pero may laban ka na para sa world championship, pero para sa akin, talagang lalaban ako."

It's a hefty challenge for someone who hasn't even headlined a Pinoy Pride card in his career. 

With a world title opportunity however, this could be his chance to do so. 

"Yun yung pangarap ko," Sultan said of the opportunity. 

And while the kid is on Cloud 9 right now, he hasn't lost sight of the fact that reigning champ Ancajas is a different beast. 

Boasting a 27-1 professional record, Ancajas has successfully defended the IBF super-flyweight crown twice, both by stoppage. 

"Dapat titindihan ko pa yung training ko, kasi si Jerwin Ancajas, yung mga nakakalaban niya malalakas."

No date has been set yet for the historic All-Filipino world title bout.

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