Boxing: IBF World Champ Ancajas moved to tears after meeting Fil-Am community in LA

ABS-CBN Sports on May 20, 2018 05:06 PM
Ancajas moved to tears after meeting Fil-Am community in LA
Jerwin Ancajas and Jonas Sultan share some light moments days before they face off for the IBF Super Flyweight World Title (Photo courtesy of Steve Angeles on Twitter)

Days before sharing the ring, Filipino Super Flyweight stars, Jerwin Ancajas and Jonas Sultan shared the stage as they recieved a warm welcome from the Filipino community in Los Angeles, California. 

Ancajas, the reigning IBF Super Flyweight World Champion, will be defending his title in against Sultan in the first Filipino-versus-Filipino world title fight in decades. 

While it will be all business in the ring, it was all smiles and pleasantries when Ancajas and Sultan met in front of a handful of Los Angeles-based Pinoys. 

"Masaya, masaya ako kasi lahat tayo masaya." Sultan said. "Si Jerwin masaya, yung mga coaches masaya, yung promoter, yung lahat ng mga Pilipino masaya."

The event was especially emotional for champion Ancajas, who couldn't hold back his tears while addressing the Pinoy fans. 

"Talagang sobra pong saya, kasi sobrang dami ng nandito ngayon," said a tearful Ancajas. "Sa presscon pa lang, andito na ang supporta ng mga Filipino community dito sa LA."

"Parang dream come true talaga na nagyari, binigay ng Panginoon ito. Sobrang saya ko talaga na yun ang nagyari, bigay yun ng Panginoon."

A handful of other boxers were welcomed during the event, including minimumweight contender Mark Barriga, and Los Angeles-based Pinoy boxers and coaches such as Rodel Mayol, Marvin Somodio, and Romero Duno. 

Ancajas, a native of Panabo, Davao del Norte, will look for his fifth successful IBF world title defense. The 26-year old Manny Pacquiao protege won the title back in 2016 after decisioning Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo. 

As for Sultan, also 26, this will be his first shot at a world championship. The Zamboanga native who fights out of the famed ALA Boxing Gym in Cebu City defeated former world champion Johnriel Casimero in a title eliminator to earn a shot at Ancajas. 

The Ancajas-Sultan battle takes place on May 26th at the Selland Arena in Fresno, California. 

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