From foes to sparring partners.
Jerwin Ancajas dangled the International Boxing Federation super flyweight crown against countryman Jonas Sultan in 2018 and won convincingly.
Sultan, however, earned the respect of Ancajas and chief trainer Joven Jimenez for his aggressive if not wayward style in the first all-Filipino title duel in 93 years held in Fresno, California.
No wonder, when Ancajas and Jimenez were looking for a sparring partner for his ninth defense of the 115-pound title, possibly against Mexican Jonathan Rodriguez in December, in the United States, Sultan's name cropped up.
They agreed that Sultan, who is best remembered for beating World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion Johnriel Casimero in an IBF 115-pound title eliminator in 2017, could be of help in Ancajas' preparations at Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood.
Sean Gibbons, president of MP (Manny Pacquiao) Promotions agreed, and arrangements for Sultan's departure to Los Angeles on October 11 were finalized.
The 28-year-old Sultan, formerly of the defunct ALA Promotions and now with Zamboanga-based ZC Kings International Promotions, was glad to be given the opportunity to work with his conqueror.
“I’m very happy because I’ll be able to join him in training. I will learn a lot from Jerwin, especially in how to fight a left-handed fighter because I really have trouble fighting southpaws," Sultan told Sunstar.com. "I’m really happy that they got me as a sparring partner. It’s a huge help to me.”
Not only will Sultan, who stopped Salatiel Amit in his last fight on August 17, 2019, be kept busy, he'll also get the chance to be under the tutelage of Jimenez while in Los Angeles.
Sultan, who totes a 16-5 record with 10 knockouts, is currently at Survival Camp, Ancajas' and Jimenez's training facility in Magallanes, Cavite, while waiting for his departure.
With Ancajas around, Sultan is hoping to reboot his career which got stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic. – Rappler.com