MANILA, Philippines — Almost a week before Jerwin Ancajas returns to the ring to reclaim the IBF superflyweight title that was snatched from him by unbeaten Argentine Olympian Fernando, there is no indication that Pinoy boxers will have a problem with his weight this time.
Ancajas had struggled to put on weight and was far from peak form when Martinez took his crown by points in Las Vegas in February.
Now, Ancajas coach/manager Joven Jimenez says it’s a different story.
“Weight is not a problem,” said Jimenez.
“Jerwin is now at 121 pounds and is eating well. Thanks to their nutritionist Bianca Estrella of PSC. He will get 115 at the weigh-in. He just focused on the match.”
Ancajas began training at the Naval Special Operations Group headquarters in Sangley Point last August then moved to the Survival Camp in Magallanes, Cavite before landing in the US two weeks ago.
MP Promotions head Sean Gibbons arranged for Ancajas and his team to stay in a four-bedroom, three-bathroom house on Bermuda Road, Las Vegas.
Ancajas is training at Top Rank Gym with sparmates Jonas Sultan, John Mark Alimane and Daniel Lim in the final phase of training and will fly to Los Angeles tomorrow for his appointment with Martinez at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson City on Saturday (Sunday). morning, Manila time).
Ancajas said he will do everything to get the title back. He kept his battle plan a secret. Ancajas promised to surprise Martinez.
“Whatever I have to do, I will do,” he said. “Footwork, combination, defense, in-and-out, together. I had cramps in the first fight, I was weak but still fighting until the end.
I will take back the crown for the people.”
Gibbons said a big factor in Ancajas losing the title was his weight struggle.
“When Jerwin’s fight against (Kazuto) Ioka was canceled, his weight lost direction and reached 140,” said Gibbons.
Then came Martinez’s fight. Losing the last two pounds was difficult then his body weakened. He wasn’t the same Jerwin and even if he wasn’t, he still put up a fight. For the rematch, we went old school.
Jerwin started training in the Philippines then came to the US three weeks before the fight unlike before when he trained for three to six months in the US away from his family.
Jimenez, Gibbons’ son Brendan and cutman Fernando Parcon were in Ancajas’ corner for the fight.
Tokyo Olympic middleweight bronze medalist Eumir Marcial will see action against 6-1 Steven Pichardo in a sixer on the undercard.JC
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