From boxing to farming? How world champ Ancajas stays productive amid lockdown

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 10 2020 02:00 PM

Jerwin Ancajas (center) tend to his farm in Survival Camp. Photo by Joven Jimenez

Whenever they take a break from training, members of the camp of world champion boxer Jerwin Ancajas keep themselves productive by working on self-sustenance.

Ancajas was supposed to defend his IBF junior bantamweight against Jonathan Rodriguez in Las Vegas on April 11. But Top Rank postponed the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This means the champion, who is staying in his 1,500 square-meter Survival Camp in Magallanes town, Cavite, will have to wait for a new fight date.

Coach Joven Jimenez said Ancajas still trains in low volume to keep himself in shape.

"May takbo, bag session, mitts, weights pero low intensity lang," said Jimenez. "Hindi pinipwersa mapagod, mga 3 to 4 rounds lang."

But when Ancajas is not boxing, he tends to his small farm inside Survival Camp.

Jerwin Ancajas is also experimenting with aquaponics. Photo by Joven Jimenez

The champion said the farm is a blessing of sorts to his family.

"Matagal tagal na rin itong farm," said Ancajas. "Sinimulan namin ni coach para pagkain sa camp. Pang-alalay kumbaga."

He said that nowadays some of food they are taking come from in-house harvests. The farm has become a blessing now that their area has been locked down due to COVID-19.

"Hindi namin akalain na makakatulong sa amin lalo na ngayong naka-lockdown. Doon na kami kumukuha ng pang ulam," said Ancajas.

"May mga manok, native na baboy. Mga gulay gulay, sayote at sili."

Ancajas currently has more than 100 chickens and more than 20 native pigs in his farm.

He also has a make shift aquarium

Jimenez said the quarantine has allowed them to work on their farm. 

"Gumanda nga tuloy ang camp namin . . . at naaaliw kami," he said.

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