Boxing: Ancajas’ weight on point ahead of title clash vs Ryuichi Funai

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 02 2019 12:53 AM

Boxing: Ancajas’ weight on point ahead of title clash vs Ryuichi Funai 1
World junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (left) with his coach Joven Jimenez and the rest of his team in Stockton, Calif. Photo from Joven Jimenez

All indications show that Jerwin Ancajas will easily make the 115-pound limit for his world junior bantamweight mandatory title defense against Japan's Ryuichi Funai this weekend.

With just 4 days to go before his fight date with Funai in Stockton, Calif., Ancajas is already down to 119 pounds.

"Mga 4 to 3 pounds away na lang po ako," said the "Pretty Boy" from Panabo city, Davao del Norte.

Besides doing light training, Ancajas is making sure that he follows the dietary program set for him by his nutritionist Jeaneth Aro.

"May programa po na sinusunod sa pagkain. Kadalasan manok, gulay at may prutas din," said Ancajas.

He added that this helps him to stay strong even while tapering down his weight.

"Kaya naman sakto na. Handa na sa laban kasi maganda naman ang condition po," Ancajas said.

Meanwhile, Ancajas said he feels good about his chances against Funai.

The Japanese fighter stands 5-foot-7, taller than Ancajas' previous opponents — countryman Jonas Sultan and Mexican Alejandro Santiago Barrios.

Ancajas had a difficult time handling Sultan and Barrios, but he believes he can handle Funai much better.

"Mas hiyang ako kasi ako sa mataas na kalaban," he said.

Ancajas will square off against Funai on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time). The bout will be aired on ABS-CBN Sports + Action.

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