by Nick Giongco
It’s not exactly a Navy SEAL-type of training regimen he is after but world champion Jerwin Ancajas has set up camp at the Philippine Marines headquarters in Ternate, Cavite to help him build up for the seventh defense of his title on May 4 in the US.
Ancajas, a reserve in the Philippine Navy, relocated from Magallanes, Cavite last Friday to begin the crucial stage of his preparation for the mandatory defense against Japanese Ryuichi Funai.
The Funai showdown, the seventh defense of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight crown, will be held at the 12,000-seater Stockton Arena in Stockton, California.
“Maganda ang lugar at tamang-tama sa training,” said Ancajas, who got a taste of military-style training upon his arrival. [The place is nice and ideal for training.]
The Philippine Marines rolled out the red carpet for Ancajas, who brought along his lead trainer Joven Jimenez, brother Cesar Ancajas and a support staff, including sparmates and a cook, to Ternate for the final four weeks before their US departure on April 23.
In the morning, Ancajas runs on the shores of the so-called Boracay de Cavite before doing the Obstacle Run and the traditional boxing routines.
Ancajas’ relocation to Ternate was made possible by Philippine Navy Chief Read Admiral Robert Empedrad, who assured his team of the Navy’s all-out support to one of its own.