By Nick Giongco
Jerwin Ancajas arrived in the US on Friday night (Saturday in the Philippines) expressing utmost confidence in his skills as he stakes the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight crown against Jonathan Rodriguez of Mexico on Nov. 2 in Carson, CA.
After spending more than three months in a Philippine Navy facility in San Antonio, Zambales, that once was used by the US Navy, Ancajas faces an opponent known for his willingness to trade power shot after power shot.
“It’s going to be a tough defense,” said Sean Gibbons, the US matchmaker who welcomed Ancajas and his party at LAX.
Ancajas was brought to a house by Gibbons leased for 15 days so the Filipino champion’s camp can adjust to the new setting.
Unlike staying in a hotel, where restrictions abound, Ancajas’ team members can pretty much do whatever please them.
A crucial factor is the preparation of Ancajas’ nutritional needs as he has to make the 115-lb limit on the eve of the fight and rehydrate and recharge shortly thereafter.
With nutritionist Jeanth Aro joining the trip from Manila, Ancajas’ food intake is going to be regulated, something that is paramount in the final days of training.
Ancajas was joined in the Philippine Airlines flight by chief trainer and manager Joven Jimenez, training assistant Fernando Parcon, Cavite City-based lensman Alvin Go and Aro.