by Nick Giongco
For Jerwin Ancajas and Jonas Sultan, not even the Lenten break could keep them from the gym on Maundy Thursday.
Ancajas, the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight champion, was all business at the Survival Camp in Magallanes, Cavite, according to lead trainer Joven Jimenez.
Sultan, the mandatory challenger to Ancajas’ coveted IBF 115-lb title, also worked out a sweat Thursday at the ALA Boxing Club headquarters in Cebu City.
Top Rank head Bob Arum is holding their showdown sometime in late-May or early-June in the US.
Ancajas and Sultan did take a break on Good Friday but promised to resume training on Black Saturday.
Easter Sunday is still up for grabs though.
The Ancajas-Sultan faceoff will be the first time in 100 years that two Filipinos are figuring in a world title fight after Pancho Villa beat Clever Sencio in their flyweight title match at Wallace Field (now Luneta) in 1925.
Sultan earned his mandatory status as Ancajas’ challenger after upsetting John Riel Casimero last year.
Ancajas easily stopped Israel Gonzalez of Mexico last February in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Last year, Ancajas made three emphatic title defense wins in Macau, Brisbane and Belfast.