Boxing: Once an underdog, Ancajas knows he can’t take low-key challenger lightly

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 12 2019 07:17 AM

Jerwin Ancajas knows what it feels like to be an unknown fighter that catches a break before becoming a world-title holder. Frederic J. Brown, AFP/file

Jerwin Ancajas has started tapering down his training as he fine-tunes the techniques he needs to defend his world junior bantamweight title against Mexican bruiser Jonathan Javier Rodriguez.

Ancajas has been training in seclusion for months at the Naval Education Training and Doctrine Command base in San Antonio town, Zambales to make sure that he successfully defends his title for the eighth time.

"Dalawang buwan na ang training namin sa Zambales. Pababa na kami, conditioning at technique na lang ang gingawa na lang namin ngayon," the IBF champion, 27, said.

Ancajas added that he cannot afford to underestimate Rodriguez despite being labelled as an unheralded fighter.

"Nakikita ko 'yung sarili ko sa kanya dati. Dati hindi rin naman akong kilala pero noong natalo ko si McJoe Arroyo . . . Underdog ako noon pero uhaw ako sa championship. Ganoon din si Rodriguez," he said.

Ancajas and Rodriguez will square off at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson City, Calif., on November 2.

Ancajas coach Joven Jimenez said he is constantly monitoring his boxer's training to avoid burning out.

Jimenez said Ancajas tends to become overeager during camp that he over-trains. The result became evident in his lackluster performances against Jonas Sultan and Alejandro Santiago.

"Kinokontrol namin kaya di ako umaalis para makita ko ang training," said Jimenez.

"Kasi noong nakaraan medyo naoovertrain si Jerwin... Nung laro niya kay Sultan noon wala yung power ng suntok. Meron siyang stamina, pero wala yung power sa suntok. Kaya binabantayan ko talaga sa training."

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