by Nick GiongcoWhile world champion Jerwin Ancajas was having his hair trimmed in one of Makati’s fancy salons, mandatory challenger Jonas Sultan was hard at work in his Cebu training camp, making sure his buildup to the biggest bout of career doesn’t skip a single beat.
A month before they face off for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight crown in Las Vegas, the two fighters seem to be trekking different routes.
As Ancajas appears to be taking it a bit nice and easy, the opposite is happening down south over at Sultan’s backyard.
Sultan rushed to the gym after completing some medical tests and other requirements on Wednesday, knowing he is up against a formidable foe in Ancajas on April 14 at the Mandalay Bay.
Admitting that he is the clear underdog against Ancajas, who will be making the fifth defense of the IBF 115-lb title, Sultan insists he is pushing himself to the limit in training, convinced that he has to come up with his very best to be even competitive.
Told if Ancajas and his handlers appear to be taking him lightly with all the commitments and function they are attending and entertaining, Sultan swears that’s their prerogative.
“Basta ako ensayo lang ng todo,” said Sultan, who nevertheless admits to being uncomfortable with the thought of facing a Filipino in a world title contest.
“Ganun talaga…ako ang mandatory challenger nya,” Sultan said, sounding a tad embarrassed.
And one more thing, Sultan reveals before hanging up.
“Facebook friends kaming dalawa,” he said.
On two occasions, they exchanged greetings, said Sultan, also 26 years old like Ancajas.
“Nung lumaban ako sa title eliminator fight, nag-good luck sya sa akin,” he said.
“And nung lumaban sya sa Texas (last February), nag-good luck din ako sa kanya.”
Now that they’re bound to fight each other, the questions is: Who’s going to make the first move of unfriending?