Facing the possibility of taking on a former world champion in his next title defense, Jerwin Ancajas headed to Zambales over the weekend to formally begin his training.
Boxing coach Joven Jimenez confirmed that the IBF world junior bantamweight king is being set up for a possible October clash against Mexican boxer Carlos Cuadras, a former champion who has fought some of the best junior-bantamweights in the world.
“Complete fighter ’yun at dating champion. Beterano na,” Jimenez said of Cuadras.
Cuadras, a gold medalist in the 2007 Pan Am Games, holds a record of 38 wins (27 KOs), 3 losses and a draw. He beat Srisaket Sor Rungvisai back in 2014 to win the WBC super flyweight (junior bantamweight) crown.
After 6 successful title defenses, Cuadras lost to Roman Gonzalez in 2016. His 2 other losses were against McWilliams Arroyo and current WBC king Juan Francisco Estrada.
With their work cut out, Ancajas and Jimenez brought the whole team to Naval Education and Training Command in Zambales upon the recommendation of Vice Admiral Robert Emperad.
“Gusto niya mas maganda pa ang paghahanda ni Jerwin sa parating niyang laban,” said Jimenez.
“Mas malaki ang gym, nasa loob ng building at mas malaki ang quarters. Kasya ang 12-man team namin, pati sparring partners.”
Ancajas has previously trained in isolation at the Marine Base in Cavite, resulting in a 7th-round stoppage of Japanese mandatory challenger Ryuichi Funai in California.
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