Ancajas vs Sul­tan bout set on April 14

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - by Glen­dale G. Rosal RE­PORTER

The much an­tic­i­pated In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion (IBF) world su­per fly­weight show­down be­tween de­fend­ing cham­pion Jer­win “Pretty Boy” Ancajas and num­ber one con­tender Jonas “Zorro” Sul­tan is set on April 14 at the Man­dalay Bay Re­sort and Casino in Las Ve­gas, Ne­vada, USA.

Box­ing God­fa­ther Bob Arum of Top Rank and Ancajas’ co-pro­moter Sean Gib­bons for­mally an­nounced yes­ter­day the all-Filipino world ti­tle show­down that will be part of the un­der­card of the World Box­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WBO) wel­ter­weight duel be­tween de­fend­ing cham­pion Jeff Hor n a n d Ter re n ce Craw­ford.

Sul­tan’s camp, the ALA Pro­mo­tions In­ter­na­tional headed by his pro­moter CEO Michael Aldeguer, and Ancajas’ camp, headed by his trainer and pro­moter Joven Jimenez and Gib­bons, reached a deal ear­lier this week.

It is been 93 years since Filipinos saw com­pa­tri­ots bat­tle for a world ti­tle. The first one was be­tween the world fly­weight ti­tle show­down be­tween cham­pion Pan­cho Villa and Clever Sen­cio, where the for­mer won by a 15-round unan­i­mous de­ci­sion held in Wal­lace Field in Manila.

A match fea­tur­ing two Filipino box­ers is a big deal for many Filipino box­ing fans and ex­perts since some find con­sider it un­healthy for the coun­try’s box­ing scene, es­pe­cially since there are only two ex­ist­ing Fil- ipino box­ing world cham­pi­ons left in Ancajas and Sul­tan’s sta­ble­mate in the ALA Box­ing Gym, the reign­ing three- di­vi­sion world cham­pion and IBF world fly­weight king Don­nie Ni­etes.

But the all-Filipino matchup be­came in­evitable when Sul­tan beat for­mer world cham­pion John­riel Casimero last Septem­ber in Cebu City and Ancajas de­fended his ti­tle three suc­ces­sive times against vol­un­tary chal­lengers abroad.

The fight is ex­pected to be a tight one as both box­ers are 26 years old and from Min­danao. Sul­tan is a na­tive of Tampil­isan, Zamboanga del Norte while Ancajas is from Pan­abo City, Davao del Norte.

Sul­tan holds a record of 14 wins (nine knock­outs), three de­feats and no draws while Ancajas has 29 wins (20 KOs), one de­feat, and one draw.



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