History repeats in Pinoy boxing annals

By Abner Galino

Reigning IBF world junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas poses with Beyond Deadlines writer/Weekend Balita reporter Abner Galino at the Los Angeles International Airport arrival lobby. Photo © Tony Garcia

HISTORY is bound to repeat itself on May 26 in Fresno, California. That is, a far as Filipino boxing history is concerned.

Two Filipino pugilists, International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas and IBF’s No. 1 contender Jonas Sultan, will slug it out for the world bantamweight championship about ten days from now.

The last time that two Filipino fighters fought against each other for a world title belt was 93 years ago. And that was between the legendary boxer Francisco “Pancho Villa” Guilledo and Clever Sencio. That fight happened in Manila, Philippines and was won by “Pancho Villa,” who had held the world flyweight title for two years prior to that bout against a compatriot.

Pancho Villa won the vacant world flyweight title from British Jimmy Wilde and twice successfully defended the title from American Benny Schwartz and British Frankie Ash.

Ancajas, for his part, won the bantamweight title from Puerto Rican Mcjoe Arroyo and successfully defended the crown four times against Mexican Jose Alfredo Rodriguez, Japanese Teiru Kinoshita, Irish Jamie Conlan and Mexican Israel Gonzales.

Sultan, on other hand, also holds an impressive record of 17 wins, nine of them via knockouts. He holds the IBF intercontinental junior bantamweight title.

During Ancajas arrival at the Los Angeles International Airport yesterday, the world champion acknowledged the historical significance of his fight with Sultan.

Pareho siguro kami ng nararamdaman ni Sultan. Masaya kami na dito gagawin ‘yung laban namin at saka world championship belt ‘yung paglalabanan namin,” Ancajas, considered by boxing aficionados as an heir apparent to boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, told Weekend Balita/US Asian Post and Beyond Deadlines shortly after stepping out from the plane.

Ancajas added that he was proud that he would be fighting a compatriot for the crown.

Ipinapakita lang kung nasaan ang mga Filipino boxer sa mundo ng boksing,” Ancajas added.

Highly favored to win the fight, Ancajas only promised an action-packed battle between him and Sultan.

Sultan has arrived in Los Angeles last week together with another reigning Filipino boxing champion Donnie Nietes.

Sultan and Nietes have started training at the world famous Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. Sultan is preparing for his fight with Ancajas while Nietes is still waiting for a possible defense of his title.

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