FILIPINO world champion Jerwin Ancajas is getting a lift from former foe Jonas Sultan as he prepares to defend the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight crown in Los Angeles, California.

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IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas fires a left cross to Japanese challenger Ryuichi Funai during their 2019 fight in Stockton, California. PHOTO COURTESY OF JHAY OH OTAMIAS

The 28-year-old fighter from Panabo City, Davao del Norte Ancajas is getting better every day since he arrived in Hollywood early this month.

“Maganda at handing handa siya,” Ancajas’ trainer and manager Joven Jimenez told The Manila Times in an online chat.

Ancajas (31-1-1, with 22 KOs), who’s fighting for the Manny Pacquiao-owned MP Promotions, is expected to defend his crown for the ninth time by the end of the year or by January 2021.

“Plano ng Top Rank ay January pa pero inaayos nila baka December,” Jimenez said.

While waiting for his fight to be finalized, Ancajas wasted no time to get himself into tip-top shape. He got a good test from former opponent Jonas Sultan whom he defeated two years ago via unanimous decision.

Basing on his training and the recent sparring, Jimenez is confident in the conditioning of his boxer.

“In High spirit siya. We are monitoring him para di ma overtrain,” he said.

Ancajas, Sultan (16-5-0, with 10KOs) and the county’s Olympic medal hope Eumir Felix Marcial are in the same apartment in the City of Angels.

Ancajas is looking to fight Mexican challenger Jonathan Javier (21-2-0, with 15KOs) or a possible unification bout against World Boxing Association (WBA) super flyweight champion Joshua Franco (17-1-2, with 8KOs).

Prior to his trip to the US, Ancajas trained at the Survival Camp boxing gym in Magallanes, Cavite in the past few months during the nationwide lockdown in the Philippines.

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