World junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas is set to leave for Macau next week to formally receive the Jersey Joe Walcott Award, the highest honor dispensed by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) to fighters.
Ancajas is IBF's longest reigning junior bantamweight champion with 7 successful title defenses, hence, the distinction.
"Dati pangarap ko lang ang mabigyan ng mga award. Sobrang saya ko kasi nari-realize ko na ang resulta ng mga paghihirap ko," said Ancajas during his recent visit to ABS-CBN.
The awarding will be held at the 36th IBF annual convention at Wynn Palace Cotai on Thursday, May 30.
As a way to celebrate his success, Ancajas is organizing a fun run that will take place in Magallanes town, Cavite on Saturday, May 25.
There are 3k, 5k, and 10k categories.
"Marami din kasing lumalapit sa amin para humingi ng tulong. Kaya may nag-suggest na mag-organize ng run for a cause para may maitulong kami," said Ancajas.
"Kasama sa mga beneficiaries ay mga dialysis patients at 'yung school na malapit sa amin, 'yung Barangay Ramirez Elementary School."
Among those who already committed their participation are his comrades from the Philippine Navy.
"'Yung Philippine Marine, pati Army magpapadala rin daw ng mga runners," he said.
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