Boxing: Switching stances 'risky but tactical' for Ancajas

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 06 2019 06:50 PM

The left-handed Jerwin Ancajas (seen in this file photo) is now training orthodox style. Jun Sepe, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- It may be a risky move, but the camp of Jerwin Ancajas’ move to train using an orthodox stance may become useful once he defends his world junior bantamweight crown against a heavy-handed Ryuichi Funai of Japan.

Ancajas is a left-handed fighter like his idol Manny Pacquiao, but his trainer Joven Jimenez has been recently training him to use the orthodox stance for Funai.

“Kanan po kasi si Funai, unlike (Srisaket Sor) Rungvisai na kaliwa naman,” said Jimenez. “Pati po nga sparring partners nagpalit kami para sa laban kay Funai.”

Ancajas initially planned on fighting Runvisai in a title unification bout. But the popular Thai champion has opted to face Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico in a rematch.

But for boxing analyst Ed Tolentino, the change in fighting stance meant more variation for Ancajas.

“As champion, you like to keep your challengers guessing. Note that Ancjas has looked a bit ordinary in his recent fights, and was even held to a draw by Alejandro Barrios,” said Tolentino.

He said switch-hitting entails risks, but can be rewarding if used effectively. 

“You do not want to experiment against a heavy puncher like Funai, but I think Ancajas just wants to add another facet to his arsenal,” said Tolentino.

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