Boxing: Why coach compares Jerwin Ancajas’ next fight to scaling Mount Everest

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Jerwin Ancajas (center) with his team. Courtesy of Joven Jimenez

Defending world junior-bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas is more than ready for his title defense against Ireland’s Jamie Conlan on Saturday (Sunday morning, Manila time).

Ancajas is now in Belfast, where he’s putting on finishing touches four days away from his third title defense.

Coach Joven Jimenez said the champion has now recovered from jet lag and has been doing light workouts to maintain his weight and conditioning.

“Naka-recover na siya sa jet lag, maayos na naman ang tulog niya,” said Jimenez. “Naka-adjust na siya pangalawang araw pa lang namin dito.”

Team Ancajas left for Belfast Friday last week.

Ancajas will face the “Irish Gatti” in the co-main event of the Carl “The Jackal” Frampton versus Horacio Garcia fight at SSE Arena.

Jimenez said his team has already conducted an ocular inspection of the venue, which is expected to be filled to the rafters on fight night. “Sold out na daw,” he said.

The bout will be crucial to Ancajas’ career as it will further expose him to western fight fans.

Jimenez, however, pointed out that it won’t be easy beating the hometown fighter.

“Ito na ang pinakamataas na bundok sa buong mundo para kay Jerwin. Ito na ang pinaka-Mount Everest niya kasi nasa kalaban na niya ang lahat,” said Jimenez. “Nasa kanya ang lugar at iyong crowd.”

“‘Pag nanalo na siya rito, pwede na talagang tawaging totoong champion na siya. Pambihira na makuha ito.”

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