Boxing: World champ Ancajas relishes going through Navy SEALs type training

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 14 2020 08:28 PM | Updated as of Jul 14 2020 10:26 PM

IBF junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas shows the certification he received. Joven Jimenez

Like his idol Manny Pacquiao, world junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas is finding ways to better himself.

World junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas. Joven Jimenez

He has become an honorary member of the elite Naval Special Operations Group after undergoing rigid training at the Philippine Fleet Naval Base Heracleo Alano at Sangley Point, Cavite City.

"Ito yata ang pinakamahirap na military training na sinalihan ko," said Ancajas, who holds a rank of Senior Petty Officer.

"Gusto niyang subukan noon pa, 'yung Navy Seals training," added his coach Joven Jimenez, a former navy man himself.

Hard training is nothing new for the boxing champion, but he said Navy training is very different.

"Nagbuhat kami ng rubber boat na sobrang bigat. Sa isang grupo 100 ata kami doon," Ancajas said.

"Minsan 'pag di kami sabay-sabay, sa sobrang bigat matutumba kami. May pushup. Gumulong din sa lupa, takbo, mababasa sa tubig," he added, saying respected military men more for the training they go through.

"Pangarap ko nu'ng bata pa ko magsundalo... pero natuloy ako sa boxing," he said.

Ancajas will be staying and doing his boxing training at Sangley until he flies to the US, some time late July or early August.

Jimenez said they plan to meet Top Rank Inc. CEO Bob Arum to discuss the champion's next bout. 

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