IBF champ Jerwin Ancajas on potential matchup with ALA's Jonas Sultan: ‘Deserved niya’
Santino Honasan on Feb 05, 2018 12:31 PM
“Unfair naman din po sa kanya kung hindi siya lalaban sa champion kasi deserved naman niya kasi nag-sikap din siya na mag-number one.” (Photo courtesy of Manny Pacquiao on Instagram: @mannypacquiao)
Reigning IBF Super Flyweight world champion Jerwin ‘Pretty Boy’ Ancajas’ United States debut was a smashing success, to say the least.
In front of a packed crowd at the Bank of America Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, Ancajas showed exactly why he’s being touted as the Philippines’ next boxing great by stopping Mexico’s Israel Gonzalez via TKO in the tenth round to successfully defend his title four a fourth time.
It was his sixteenth-straight win for the 26-year old, with all four of his title defenses coming via knockout.
It was also the perfect way to introduce himself to a bigger audience.
“Masaya kami sa team kasi maganda yung resulta ng laban, di namin inakala na matatapos namin sa tenth.” Ancajas told ABS-CBN’s Steve Angeles. “Yung buong experience, masaya kasi talagang todo-suporta yung buong team ko.”
While it’s been only a day since Ancajas’ masterful performance, discussions have already begun regarding what’s next for the Panabo, Davao del Norte native.
Ancajas says that there hasn’t been any discussions yet, but one of the names floating around is mandatory challenger Jonas ‘Zorro’ Sultan of famed Cebu-based boxing stable ALA Promotions.
The 26-year old Sultan earned his mandatory challenger status back in 2017 after decisioning former two-division world champion John Riel ‘Quadro Alas’ Casimero in Cebu.
For the champ, it’s no issue that he could be facing a compatriot, as he believes that Sultan is a deserving challenger.
“Para sa akin okay lang naman din po kasi opportunity din po yun ni Sultan kasi nag-number one siya,”
“Unfair naman din po sa kanya kung hindi siya lalaban sa champion kasi deserved naman niya kasi nag-sikap din siya na mag-number one.” Ancajas added.
Scheduled to head back home to the Philippines on Tuesday, Ancajas will be getting some well-deserved time off before he gets back to work.
“Pahinga po muna ng mga dalawang linggo, tatlong linggo tapos balik na sa gym.”
.@JerwinAncajas has arrived in LA after his victorious US debut. Here’s what he has to say about the possibility of fighting a fellow Filipino, Jonas Sultan of .@ALAPromotions1 the IBF’s mandatory challenger. .@abscbnsports .@ABSCBNNewsSport pic.twitter.com/8Wc2LQH2r3— Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) February 5, 2018
H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN