Boxing: Making weight least of Jerwin Ancajas’ worries ahead of Ireland bout

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No problem in weight cut, says Ancajas

Everything about Jerwin Ancajas’ preparations for his coming world junior bantamweight title defense next week has already being taken care of. 

This includes his weight.

Ancajas hit the scales recently at 123 pounds, just 8 pounds above the junior bantamweight limit, 10 days ahead of his title clash with Ireland’s Jamie Conlan.

“Tulad ng dati wala namang hirap sa pagbabawas ng timbang,” assured “Pretty Boy” shortly before his light workout at the Makati Square Fitness Gym on Wednesday.

He has been careful with his diet especially now that his November 18 bout approaches.

As of now, he still eats a cup of rice every meal.

“(Pero) mas malakas po akong kumain ng prutas, gulay. Pero ‘pag palapit na ang weigh-in pabawas ng pabawas na ng kanin,” said Ancajas.

Coach Joven Jimenez is confident that meeting weight won’t be an issue since he pointed out that Ancajas can easily wipe out 8 pounds in one training session.

“Iyong timbang, hindi mahihirapan si Jerwin. Minsan kaya niyang magbawas ng 6 to 8 pounds sa isang workout,” said Jimenez.

What they are careful about is having Ancajas to shedding pounds too early.

“Masyadong liliit kasi iyong tyan niya, so ‘pag napiga siya ng maaga, kaunti lang ang makakain ng boxer ‘pag kailangan niyang mag-recover,” he explained.

The recovery process, he said, is important on fight night since it allows the boxer to regain his size a day after dieting for the weigh-in.

Ancajas stands to earn $80,000 (P4.1 million) for his title defense against Conlan, a far cry from the $3,000 (P153,000) he got when he won the title from McJoe Arroyo.

When asked if he dreams of earning $20 million a fight just like his idol and promoter Manny Pacquiao, the soft-spoken champion nodded.

“Pagsisikapan kong maabot din iyong naabutan ni sir Manny,” said Ancajas. 

“Pero sa ngayon po ang focus ko muna ay manalo ng manalo sa laban. Iyon muna, siguro susunod na rin balang araw iyong kita.”

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