The sparring mates of Jerwin Ancajas will get better sleeping quarters, thanks to a generous sports patron.
As promised, businessman Manny V. Pangilinan handed a P1-million check to the world junior bantamweight champion on Tuesday. The money will be used to renovate Survival Camp, Ancajas’ training center in Magallanes, Cavite.
Trainer Joven Jimenez said the money will be used to improve facilities, particularly the matting of their boxing ring and the improvement of the sleeping quarters of Ancajas’ training partners.
“Gusto naming unahin ‘yung ring at ‘yung quarters ng mga boxers,” he said. “Kasi sa ngayon hindi pa maayos ang tulugan nila.”
Jimenez said it is important to take care of the boxers, since they help Ancajas prepare for his fights.
“Sila po kasi ang nakakasama ni Jerwin sa training. Nahihirapan sila sa tulugan nila kasi kulang kulang,” he said.
Ancajas said he considers his training partners his brothers.
“Malaking sakripisyo rin sa kanila na nasa camp kasi malayo sila sa pamilya. Parang kapatid na rin ang turing ko sa kanila kaya ganu'n na lang ang pagpapahalaga ko sa kanila,” he said.
Jimenez said that 15 boxers are currently staying in at the training camp.
Present during the turnover, which took place at the PLDT office, were Pangilinan, newly elected Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Ricky Vargas, and Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes.
Ancajas is currently preparing for his junior bantamweight title defense against mandatory challenger and countryman Jonas Sultan.
The fight is set to take place on April 14 at Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas in the undercard of the Jeff Horn-Terrence Crawford welterweight title showdown.
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