Boxing history has come and gone. IBF junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas in Manila on Tuesday evening.
He was greeted by fans as he left Los Angeles on Monday afternoon with his world title belt, while his challenger Jonas Sultan made his way back to Cebu early Tuesday morning.
Sultan was so excited to finally see his family after 6 months of being apart, he rushed into the gate 4 hours before his departure.
Maganda po dami na Pilipino sumoportahan lalo na sa laban namin sa Fresno good yung feeling ko. Marami kapwa Pilipino sumosuporta lalo na sa boxing.”
“Yung first time ko dito talaga masaya. Ano naka punta ako America tapos ganda kasi ganda dito mga pinoy. Talaga sila sa amin. Lalo na na dito pinoy mag babati sa akon,” said Sultan.
Ancajas beat Sultan by unanimous decision in the first all-Filipino world title fight in 93 years, and the 5th successful defense for the Manny Pacquiao-promoted Ancajas.
Despite being heavily outpointed in the scorecards, Sultan managed to end the pretty boy’s 4-fight knockout streak.
“Inisip ko talaga mag abot ng round. Kung may knockout na bonus na lang po. Lalo na may sultan talagang basta sinasabi kong dati basta pinoy lumalaban talaga. So na isip ko na abot ng round.”
Ancajas is expected to return to the ring in October, with his promoters looking at bringing him into northern California where a larger Filipino audience can watch.”
While Sultan survived the 12 rounds, Ancajas’ punches left many marks on the Ala fighter’s face.
But despite the loss, Sultan is satisfied with his place in boxing history.
It took 93 years for two Filipinos to fight for a world title, and the next one is about 10 weeks away.
Sultan’s stablemate Donnie Nietes will take on Aston Palicte for the vacant WBO super flyweight title in August.