Boxing: Jonas Sultan heads to US for historic world title bout against champ Jerwin Ancajas
ABS-CBN Sports on May 06, 2018 09:27 AM
Coach Edmund Villamor, Jonas Sultan, and Donnie Nietes arrive in Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy of Steve Angeles on Twitter)
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.