Jonas Sultan holds Naoya Inoue in high regard as a fighter. He, however, believes Inoue isn’t invincible and he’s ready to tangle with the Japanese monster anytime.
“There’s no perfect fighter. Everyone has his weakness,” Sultan said in Filipino during the PSA Online Forum on Tuesday, November 9. “Yes, he (Inoue) is strong, but I will study him thoroughly and be in the best form possible (when we clash).”
According to Sultan, whose stock rose following an impressive victory over Carlos Caraballo, Inoue is his top target as he doesn’t want to fight a compatriot as much as possible.
Inoue holds the WBA and IBF bantamweight crowns, while Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and John Riel Casimero reign in the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization, respectively.
Following his four-knockdown unanimous decision over Caraballo at the Madison Square Garden, Sultan became the WBO intercontinental champion.
Sultan said his victory over Caraballo, who held a perfect 14-win, 14-knockout record prior to their bout, proved that any boxer can be beaten with adequate preparation.
“Caraballo is tough, aggressive, and strong, but I prevailed. The same holds true for Inoue (21-0 with 18 knockouts), I also have a chance of beating him.”
Sultan arrived in Manila late Monday, November 8, from Los Angeles with Junnie Navarro, who manages him with Mike Venezuela of the Zamboanga Valientes MLV.
Promised either a title eliminator or a world title bout early next year by MP (Manny Pacquiao) Promotions president Sean Gibbons, the father of his promoter Brendan Gibbons, Sultan said he will return to the United States after a two-week break and resume training with Joven Jimenez and sparring partner Jerwin Ancajas, the IBF super flyweight titlist.
Sultan’s morale was greatly boosted by a big crowd of fans and fellow Zamboangueños who patiently waited for his arrival at the NAIA Terminal 3.
Sultan also expressed his gratitude to House Deputy Speaker Mikee Romero, who is now supporting his career through NorthPort. – Rappler.com