by Nick Giongco
Jerwin Ancajas is not skipping a beat during the Holy Week as the reigning International Boxing Federation superflyweight focuses on keeping his weight in check heading into his May 4 defense in Stockton, California.
The division limit is 115 lbs for Ancajas, who meets mandatory challenger Ryuichi Funai of Japan at the 12,000-capacity Stockton Arena.
“Tutal napapanahon naman ang sakripisyo eh (It’s the season for making sacrifices anyway),” said Ancajas during a break in his training at the Gregorio Lim Marine Base in Ternate, Cavite.
Ancajas, on the seventh defense of the crown he won in Sept. 2016, is scheduled to fly to San Francisco on April 23.
Currently, Ancajas is keeping his weight under 125 lbs to give him enough energy to train non-stop during the Lenten break.
His weight is being closely monitored by nutritionist Jeaneth Aro, who will join Ancajas during fight week to zero in on the official weighin set on the eve of the title bout.