Filipino boxers

Sultan feels Caraballo will run when tagged by power punch

Roy Luarca
Sultan feels Caraballo will run when tagged by power punch

TITLE DREAM. Jonas Sultan needs to hurdle Carlos Caraballo to earn a shot at a world title.

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Fresh from an impressive win, Filipino Jonas Sultan aims to become the first boxer to beat Puerto Rican Carlos Caraballo, who has 14 knockouts in as many wins

Jonas Sultan knows Carlos Caraballo can punch. Caraballo’s perfect record of 14 knockouts in 14 wins speaks for itself.

After watching tapes of Caraballo’s fights, however, Sultan is convinced the Puerto Rican prospect is neither invincible nor as powerful as he is portrayed to be.

The truth is, Sultan feels he’ll pack a meaner wallop than Caraballo when they tangle on October 30 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

“Maybe he’ll run when I connect with a solid punch,” said Sultan in Filipino. “Sure, he has more knockouts, but from what I saw, his opponents were there to get hit.”

According to Sultan, he has been working really hard for two weeks at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood under the supervision of Joven Jimenez, also the chief trainer of International Boxing Federation super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas.

“I’m ready to fight [Caraballo] anytime,” said Sultan. “This is part of my dream.”

Sultan has been promised a title shot by his promoter Brendan Gibbons, son of MP (Manny Pacquiao) Promotions president Sean Gibbons, if he wins impressively over Caraballo.

“That (title shot) is really our target if I do well,” said Sultan, who has been sparring with different boxers, including amateur standout John Scrappy, provided by either Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach or Brendan Gibbons.

Even Ancajas, who beat Sultan in a title defense in 2018 but has since become a close friend, is helping out by doing partner play with the pride of Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte.

Jimenez said Sultan (17-5 with 11 knockouts) is nearing peak form and what he is keeping tabs on is the boxer’s propensity to overtrain.

Fortunately, Sultan listens to Jimenez as well as to chief supporters Junnie Navarro and Mike Venezuela of Zamboanga Valientes MLV.

Sultan wants another title crack and he has Caraballo to hurdle first. –