by Nick Giongco
TERNATE, Cavite — Two weeks before flying to the US for the mandatory defense of his title, Jerwin Ancajas declared Tuesday that he is 90-percent ready to repulse the challenge of Japanese Ryuichi Funai in their May 4 duel in Stockton, California.
Ancajas, making the seventh defense of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight crown, revealed that he is right on target in his buildup as a warm breeze from the Katungkulan Beach embraced those in attendance.
Holed up at the Philippine Marine Base Camp 75 kilometers from Manila the last four weeks, Ancajas and his team leave for San Francisco on April 23 confident that his unusual training camp—featuring Marine drills—produces potent results.
“A little tweak here and there sometimes makes the difference,” said Ancajas’ official agent Sean Gibbons.
Lead trainer Joven Jimenez echoes Gibbons’ sentiments, saying their experience training in a new setting and unique environment look promising.
“No distractions here. All training,” said Jimenez, who was compelled to leave their home base of Magallanes to put a military touch to Ancajas’ preparation.
Ancajas’ stint inside the highly-fortified facility was made possible by Col. Manuel Bundang upon the approval of Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, Flag Officer of the Philippine Navy.
Bundang said that Ancajas, who had won the IBF 115-lb crown in Sept. 2016, was even tougher than most of the Marines who have called the remote beach resort as home.
“He tried to train like a Marine and it was clear that he was strong,” said Bundang.
Also chipping into Ancajas’ training camp is nutritionist Jeaneth Aro, who is closely monitoring the Filipino fighter’s food intake even when she is not around.
“When Jerwin goes out of training camp, I make sure that he follows the diet program,” said Aro.
Tags: Boxing, International Boxing Federation, International Boxing Federation (IBF), Jerwin Ancajas, Joven Jimenez, Philippine, Philippine Navy, Ryuichi Funai, San Francisco, Sean Gibbons, training camp