HIS­TORIC AN­CA­JAS-SUL­TAN TI­TLE TIFF TO BE AIRED LIVE

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - SPORTS - By Roy Luarca @rlu­ar­caINQ

Jer­win An­ca­jas’ his­toric de­fense of the In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion su­per fly­weight crown against coun­try­man Jonas Sul­tan on May 26 (May 27 in Manila) in Las Ve­gas will be shown live on ESPN 5.

The first ti­tle duel be­tween two Filipinos in 93 years will high­light “Live Box­ing Month,” launched by ESPN 5 this May to sat­isfy the crav­ing of lo­cal fans for world-class fights.

Dur­ing the launch of the fes­tiv­i­ties at Raf­fles Makati on Mon­day, An­ca­jas said he is look­ing for­ward to a great fight with Sul­tan, the manda­tory chal­lenger.

Also on tap is an un­prece­dented day­long ring ac­tion on May 13, start­ing with the World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion lightweight crown show­down be­tween Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) and Va­syl Lo­machenko (10-1, 8 KOs) at 10 a.m.

It will be fol­lowed at 3 p.m. by a nine-bout card dubbed Sur­vival In­stinct at SM North Edsa Skydome, fea­tur­ing other top fighters of Joven Jimenez, head coach of An­ca­jas.

The head­liner pits Rio Olympian Mark An­thony Bar­riga (8-0, 1 KO) against Mex­i­can Gabriel Mendoza (29-5-2, 23 KOs) in an IBF min­i­mum weight ti­tle elim­i­na­tor.

Oth­ers see­ing ac­tion are for­mer world ti­tle chal­lenger AJ “Ba­zooka” Banal, for­mer world cham­pion “Mar­velous” Marvin Son­sona, who is re­turn­ing af­ter a three-year ab­sence from the ring, and Gen­e­sis Ser­va­nia.

The event, to be aired on Chan­nel 5, Aksyon TV and ES- PN 5.com, is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween MP Pro­mo­tions and Knuck­le­heads Pro Box­ing Fra­ter­nity in co­op­er­a­tion with Joven Sports Pro­mo­tions.

Also on tap are “Great­est Fights” ev­ery Tues­day and Thurs­day, and Sylvester Stal­lone’s epic Rocky 1, ev­ery Satur­day this May.

An­ca­jas (29-1-1, 20 KOs), who is in deep train­ing at Sur­vival Camp in Ma­gal­lanes, Cavite, said he is look­ing for­ward to a great fight with Sul­tan (14-3, 9 KOs) of Cebu’s ALA box­ing sta­ble.

Signed up by TV5 Mon­day, An­ca­jas said he’s wary of Sul­tan’s ca­pa­bil­ity to change fight­ing styles, that’s why he’s ready to go the full 12 rounds.

Ac­cord­ing to Jimenez, he, An­ca­jas and Bar­riga will be leav­ing for the United States nine or 10 days be­fore the fight with Sul­tan, whom he de­scribed as a busy and strong fighter.

TV5 pres­i­dent Chot Reyes said Live Box­ing Month is part of the net­work’s ad­vo­cacy to pro­vide air time, ex­po­sure and op­por­tu­nity to Filipino fighters.

—ROYLUARCA

Jer­win An­ca­jas (left) with train­erJoven Jimenez

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