CERRITOS, CA — It was not the victory party Jerwin Ancajas was hoping for, but his team remains in high spirits, despite the last-minute cancellation of what would have been the IBF junior bantamweight champion’s Los Angeles debut.
Ancajas’ Mexican opponent Jonathan Rodriguez was knocked off the card due to last-minute visa issues that prevented him from making the trip to Carson City, California.
“Masaya naman po Kasi unang una kahit hindi matuloy yung laban ko at tsaka kahit pinapakita parin po yung mga pilipino lalo yung mga nandito yung mga bumili ng ticket. Grabe parin ng supporta kahita … sila sabi nila bawi nalang sa susunod.”
“I’m still glad that despite the canceled fight, Filipinos here have shown their all-out support. They told me, there’s still the next fight.”
Despite Ancajas not even getting to see his Mexican opponent face to face, at least he’s been meeting with the Filipino community and fans.
Ancajas, his team, and some Philippine media had a gathering on Sunday, before watching a live NBA game.
Plans are being finalized for Ancajas to fight December 7th in Puebla, Mexico, and the team will continue training stateside until then.
“Pag tuloy po kami sa ensayo namin lalo na sa darating ng laban na pinaplano yun na lang po mag ano lang sa training namin Maintain na lang po.”
“We’ll just keep training for the upcoming fight, maintain what we’ve been doing here.”
This is the second time a much-awaited 8th title defense has been postponed. Ancajas has to stay away from his family for another month.
“There needs to be sacrifice. This is also for my family.”
Ancajas, who arrived in the US in mid-October, said his team will most likely stay in the Los Angeles area, ready to make their way to Mexico, to finally defend his belt.