Who’s going to cook for Jerwin Ancajas now?

Published November 4, 2019, 7:56 AM

by Nick Giongco

LOS ANGELES—After guiding Filipino world boxing champion Jerwin Ancajas for two weeks, nutritionist Jeaneth Aro is flying back to the Philippines this time to help in the preparation of top athletes vying in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

Jerwin Ancajas works out in Redondo Beach, California, with the Pacific Ocean serving as backdrop. (Alvin Go)

Jerwin Ancajas works out in Redondo Beach, California prior to his scrapped title fight.  (Alvin Go)

Aro arrived here on Oct. 18 as part of Team Ancajas, whose scheduled eighth defense of the International Boxing Federation super-flyweight crown got scrapped at the last minute.

Ancajas was supposed defend against Jonathan Rodriguez of Mexico, who didn’t show up, forcing Top Rank to reset the southpaw’s fight and possibly move it to Dec. 7 in Puebla, Mexico.

“I have to be there to supervise the diet of (Rio Olympics silver medalist) Hidilyn Diaz and the national amateur boxing team,” said

Aro, referring to the SEAG set Nov. 30-Dec. 11.

Aside from the country’s elite athletes, Aro also handles the dietary requirements of several PBA squads.

Aro’s presence in Ancajas’ corner is vital to the fighter’s pre-weighin preparations.

During her two-week stay with Ancajas in Redondo Beach, she personally shopped for the food that Ancajas ate.

Not only that.

Aro likewise cooked Ancajas’ meals all day, from breakfast, pre-training snack, lunch and dinner.

With Aro all tied up with the SEAG athletes, she won’t be around should Ancajas’s fight in Mexico next month pushes through.

Still, Team Ancajas will get tips and pointers from Aro from the Philippines in the runup to a fight probably against Miguel Gonzalez of Chile.