by Nick Giongco
STOCKTON, California – The remaining days of Jerwin Ancajas’ training won’t be so much on heavy stuff but instead focused on mastering the gameplan needed for a targeted show of supremacy on May 4.
Exactly a week before he meets mandatory Japanese challenger Ryuichi Funai in the seventh defense of his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight, Ancajas and chief trainer Joven Jimenez discussed the finer points of their strategy.
Even Ancajas admits that all the hard work—almost eight weeks holed out at the Philippine Marines Base Camp in Ternate, Cavite in the Philippines–is already finished.
“Maintain-maintain na lang ng kundisyon sa darating na mga araw (We’ll just have to maintain our current condition in the coming days),” said Ancajas, who doesn’t see any trouble making the division limit of 115 lbs on May 3, the eve of the fight at the Stockton Arena.
Last year, the southpaw Ancajas defended the title thrice, winning twice and drawing once.
Against Funai on May 4, Ancajas wants to erase the stigma of the last fight that ended on a draw against Alejandro Santiago of Mexico.
No less than a KO win is what Ancajas and his team are looking at.