ALA CEO on Ancajas-Sultan title fight: 'We're making it happen'
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 22, 2018 09:26 AM
ALA CEO Michael Aldeguer says Ancajas versus Sultan for the IBF Super Flyweight title is in the works.
While his top gun Donnie Nietes is just days away from defending his IBF Flyweight World Title for the first time, ALA Promotions CEO Michael Aldeguer is already making moves to put on one of the most highly-anticipated and historic world title bouts in recent history.
While in Los Angeles for the upcoming Superfly 2 card at The Forum where Nietes will be defending his IBF title against Argentina’s Juan Carlos Reveco, Aldeguer revealed that he hopes to be able to finalize an IBF Super Flyweight World Title bout between reigning champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas and mandatory challenger Jonas ‘Zorro’ Sultan from the ALA Boxing stable.
“We’ve been talking with matchmaker Sean Gibbons and Bob Arum, we’re making it happen.” Aldeguer told Steve Angeles of ABS-CBN News. “e’re just putting the details together, we’re looking at certain dates, but nothing has been finalized yet. We hope to get it done this week, I’ll be sitting down with Sean Gibbons and we’ll be discussing the details, but definitely the fight’s gonna be happening.”
The potential Ancajas-Sultan matchup is set to be a historic one, as it would be the first time that two Filipinos will be battling for a world championship.
“It’s the first time 92 years, it’s a very historical fight with two Filipinos. It’s tough to make it happen, but if it’s mandated by the IBF, it’s also something we can be proud of. Two Filipinos fighting in the world stage is something that everybody should be proud of.”
Aldeguer admitted that like a number of fans, he wasn’t too thrilled about the idea of a Pinoy versus Pinoy title fight.
“It’s tough, in fact, personally I wasn’t really in favor of it, it’s never happened in Filipinos, Filipinos have always been very patriotic in fighting different nationalities,”
“If you look at the brighter side, it’s something we should be proud of, that Filipino fighters have arrived in the world stage, and it happens with Mexicans all the time.” Aldeguer added.
While nothing has been set in stone yet, the ALA Boxing head said that the fight will most likely happen in San Francisco, Los Angeles, or Las Vegas.
The reigning champion Jerwin Ancajas (29-1-1, 20 KO) won the IBF title back in 2016 and has successfully defended it four times since.
The would-be challenger Jonas Sultan (14-3, 9 KO) earned the right to become a mandatory challenger after outpointing former two-time world champion Johnriel Casimero in Cebu in 2017.
"We're making it happen" .@AlaBoxingPromo .@ALAPromotions1 Michael Aldeguer gives an update on the potential Jonas Sultan vs @JerwinAncajas Pinoy vs Pinoy world title fight. .@abscbnsports .@ABSCBNNewsSport pic.twitter.com/1zrVqPZFJk— Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) February 21, 2018
H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News