Boxing: Home-bound Jonas Sultan in high spirits after loss to Jerwin Ancajas
ABS-CBN Sports on May 29, 2018 02:58 PM
"It’s ok, I need more practice. More combinations. More distance fighting." - Jonas Sultan
History was made last weekend, as for the first time in nearly a century, two Filipino boxers squared off for a world title when reigning IBF Super Flyweight world champion Jerwin Ancajas succesfully defended his title against challenger Jonas Sultan in Fresno, California.
It was the fifth straight successful title defense for Panabo, Davao del Norte's Ancajas, while it was Zamboanga del Norte-native Sultan's first crack at a world championship.
And while it was a clear-cut win for Ancajas, Sultan isn't holding his head down.
The ALA Boxing standout managed to take the defending champion to 12 rounds, losing only via unanimous decision, something that hasn't been done in Ancajas' last four fights prior to facing Sultan.
Sultan is in fact, the first challenger to go the distance with Ancajas.
"It’s ok, I need more practice. More combinations. More distance fighting." said Sultan, who had a reach disadvantage against Ancajas.
The length played a major factor as Ancajas was able to pick Sultan apart with jabs while staying out of the challenger's range.
"I don’t make combinations because he’s a distance fighter. When I go inside, he’s moving outside." Sultan added. "Hindi ko talaga ma-combination kasi malayo na siya. Marunong mag-distansya."
At the end of the day however, Sultan is just proud to have been part of history.
"I’m so proud fighting here, it’s my first time. It’s a world title. It’s historical. I do my best."
After months of being away from his family to prepare for this momentous world title opportunity, Sultan finally gets to go back home as he flew back to Cebu, Tuesday morning.
So excited was Sultan that he arrived at the departure gates four hours before his scheduled flight.
The 26-year old says he'll take some time off and relax for a bit before getting back to work.
H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News