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Ancajas leaves for Los Angeles, prepares for 10th title defense

Roy Luarca
Ancajas leaves for Los Angeles, prepares for 10th title defense

WIN STREAK. Jerwin Ancajas (left) shakes hands with Jonathan Rodriguez after winning by unanimous decision last April.

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Three options await Jerwin Ancajas as the Filipino world champion stakes his 115-pound crown for the 10th time

World champion Jerwin Ancajas leaves for Los Angeles Friday night, September 24, to continue his preparations for his next defense of the International Boxing Federation super flyweight belt in the United States in November.

Ancajas, who’ll be staking the 115-pound crown for the 10th time since 2016, is accompanied by trainer Joven Jimenez.

Against whom and where remain hanging as MP (Manny Pacquiao) Promotions president Sean Gibbons is still seeking the best deal for Ancajas.

According to Jimenez, Gibbons has three options in store for Ancajas and will be informing them of the possibilities upon their arrival.

Ancajas and Jimenez spent more than a month training in Barangay Lourdes, Dangcagan, Bukidnon, where they put up Survival Camp 2 after their original Survival Camp in Barangay Ramirez, Magallanes, Cavite.

Before packing their stuff, Ancajas met and played billiards with Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Eumir Marcial, who is getting married next month before resuming his pro career in the US.

Ancajas also sparred with unbeaten prospect Carl Jammes Martin at the Marines boxing gym in Taguig on Thursday.

Jimenez said Ancajas has become a bit muscular after lifting weights and will be ready to face anybody in a month’s time.

Waiting for Ancajas and Jimenez in Los Angeles is Jonas Sultan, who’ll be tangling with power puncher Carlos Caballo (14-0, all by knockout) in a bantamweight eliminator on October 30 in New York City.

Ancajas, Marcial, and Sultan, the latter two also supported by Junnie Navarro and Mike Venezuela of MLV Zamboanga Valientes, have become closely knit  after training together in the US for a long time. –