LOS ANGELES — Jonas Sultan is less than 10 days away from the biggest fight of his life, but this isn’t just like any other world title fights, it’s also a historic fight.
When “Zoro” faces off with IBJ Junior Bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas, it will be the first time two Filipinos will battle for a world title since 1925.
Feeling ko condition na Ang katawan ko redding ready na ako sa darating ng Laban day May 26. So timbang lang minimaintain ko ok na yung Laban,” said Sultan.
“Never did I think it would happen in any time. People said we shouldn’t fight Filipino vs Filipino, but now it’s here. We’re very excited this is for the country. Whoever wins is still a Filipino,” said Michael Aldeguer.
Months of hard training may be no match for the other sacrifices Sultan has made to get this opportunity, the Zamboanga del Norte native hasn’t seen his family in 6 months.
“Para sa Akin motivation talaga talagang sacrificio talagang yung pamilya ko na malayas sa kanila kasi fofocus ako sa world title. Eto yung chance hindi ko ibibigay.”
Sultan has been training at the Wild Card gym the past two weeks, his family here has been the ALA team along with the Philippines longest running world champion Donnie Nietes, who is finalizing the contract for his own “Filipino vs. Filipino” world title fight against Aston Palicte.
To have Donnie on his side would help a lot. Donnie has been there he’s been experienced in all the fights in all wars for the past years. And he really definitely helped Jonas,” said Aldeguer.
“Sa akin lang focus sa kanyang Laban listen sa mga coach cooperate sa mga instructions so ma buo yung gameplan nya,” said Nietes.
both Filipino fighters are expected to attend a reception hosted by the Filipino American community in LA’s Historic Filipinotown, before they head off to Fresno for their May 26th clash.
Zoro is no stranger to fighting countrymen.
14 of his 17 fights have been against fellow Filipinos, including former champion Jonriel Casimero whom he beat for this title shot.