Boxing: Jerwin Ancajas needs to follow Pacquiao-type game plan in Brisbane


World junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas trains at the Elorde Gym in Imus, Cavite on Thursday in preparation for his fight in the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn fight on July 2. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

World junior-bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas will need to be the aggressor when he meets a taller Japanese opponent in the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn fight on July 2.

Ancajas is scheduled to make his second title defense in Brisbane, Australia, against Teiru Kinoshita, a rangy fighter who has knocked out his last 3 opponents.

Joven Jimenez, Ancajas’ trainer-manager, said he didn’t see anything special about Kinoshita upon viewing his fights.

” ‘Yung nakita namin kay Kinoshita, sa skills ‘di gaanong kagalingan talaga,” Jimenez told ABS-CBN News during Ancajas’ training session at Elorde Gym in Imus, Cavite on Thursday. “Pero matibay ang Hapon at mas matangkad.”

The 5-foot-7 Kinoshita is taller than Ancajas by an inch, but Jimenez said there are ways to offset the disadvantage.

“Kailangan maging agresibo si Jerwin kasi sigurado kami tatakbo ito,” Jimenez said.

“Maraming suntok, suntok ng suntok. Kung sasabay lang siya sa isa-isang suntok ng kalaban niya, matatalo siya.”

Ancajas, handled by Pacquiao’s MP Promotions, said speed will be a factor, an asset that helped his boss become one of the most dynamic fighters ever.

“Kailangan namin ng bilis, kasi matangkad po siya sa amin. Kailangan namin ng taktika kasi magaling din ‘yung kalaban ko,” he said.

The Panabo City, Davao del Norte native expects the fight to go into the championship rounds.

“Para sa akin po mahabang laban ito kasi si Kinoshita naman po hindi pipitsugin na kalaban. Magaling din iyn. Swerte na lang kung matapos ng madali ang laban,” he said.

Ancajas has a record of 26-1-1 while Kinoshita has 25 wins in 27 fights.

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