By NICK GIONGCO
Overconfidence is a word that doesn’t exist in world champion Jerwin Ancajas’ vocabulary.
“That’s one thing that I don’t like…being overconfident,” Ancajas said yesterday as he spends the remaining three days in the country training and getting ready to leave for Los Angeles.
Ancajas is scheduled to defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight title against Mexico’s Israel Gonzalez on Feb. 3 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Top Rank has already emailed Ancajas’ ticket and members of his entourage as well and they are all set to fly to the US at 11:20 am on Thursday via Philippine Airlines.
During their three-day stay in Los Angeles, Ancajas will host an open media workout at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood this Friday afternoon, the training headquarters of his biggest benefactor, Manny Pacquiao.
While Gonzalez remains a mystery owing to the inability to find fights of him online, Ancajas is not looking past the challenger.
“In boxing, it is dangerous to take your opponent lightly,” said Ancajas, who enters the ring armed with a 28-1-1 win-loss-draw record with 19 KOs.
Gonzalez, rated tenth by the IBF in the 115-lb category, carries a 21-1 slate with eight KOs.
Top Rank is showcasing Ancajas before US fans underneath the world super-middleweight title clash between champion Gilberto Ramirez and Ghanaian challenger Habib Ahmed at the Bank of America Center.
Team Ancajas will travel to Corpus Christi on Jan. 28 via Southwest Airlines and will be billeted at the Holiday Inn-Downtown Marina during its week-long stay in Corpus Christi.