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Sultan crashes world ratings, spars with Jimuel Pacquiao

Roy Luarca
Sultan crashes world ratings, spars with Jimuel Pacquiao

SPARRING. Jonas Sultan (right) is helping out Jimuel Pacquiao in his preparations for a bout with a YouTuber.

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Fresh from a knockout win, Filipino Jonas Sultan decides to stay in the United States and wait for his next fight

Having cracked the world ratings, Jonas Sultan isn’t about to let his momentum lose steam.

Rather than return to the Philippines after knocking out Sharone Carter in seven rounds on August 14 in Carson City, California, Sultan decided to stay put and wait for his next fight in the United States.

There were talks Sultan would be fighting Garry Russel on September 11, but it didn’t materialize.

Now, Sultan is hoping MP (Manny Pacquiao) Promotions president Sean Gibbons would be able to find a suitable opponent for him either in October or November.

Most likely, Sultan, ranked No. 9 by the World Boxing Association, would be pitted against a noteworthy fighter to bolster his chances for another title crack next year.

After besting current World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion Johnriel Casimero via unanimous decision in a super flyweight eliminator in 2017, Sultan challenged Jerwin Ancajas for the International Boxing Federation crown but lost.

Inactive since knocking out compatriot Salatiel Amit in August 2019, Sultan showed no rust in disposing of Carter (12-4) and raising his record to 17-5 with 11 knockouts.

The presence of his chief backer and fellow Zamboangueno, Junnie Navarro, has motivated Sultan no end in his training in Las Vegas under Jorge Capetillo and now in Los Angeles under Marvin Somodio.

Navarro and MLV Zamboanga Valientes co-owner Mike Venezuela have been supporting Sultan’s ring career since last year.

According to Navarro, who accompanies Sultan in his running forays at Griffith Park and gym work at Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Sultan always keeps himself in shape and is ready to fight on short notice.

With time to spare, Sultan is helping out Jimuel Pacquiao, eldest child of eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, in his preparations for a bout with YouTuber Boy Tapang this month.

The 29-year-old Sultan shadow-boxed then sparred with the young Pacquiao on Friday, September 3, at Wild Card.

Apart from helping the son of his promoter, Sultan was also able to sweat it out. –

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