Santisima spars with IBF champ Ancajas at Wild Card Gym

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JEO Santisima gets much-needed help in training as he sparred with International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.

Santisima went six rounds with Ancajas on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in his first sparring session in the US in preparation for a huge fight against two-time world title challenger Joet Gonzalez on Feb. 5 in a Top Rank show at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.

”It was great. I’m still adjusting here but our sparring was nice. He followed my opponent’s style and became a pressure fighter,” the 24-year-old Santisima told SunStar Cebu.

“Their sparring went great even though it was Jeo’s first sparring here at the Wild Card. He did very well not to get outboxed even though he’s still adjusting. He didn’t show any signs of getting tired. We are thankful to Jerwin that he followed the style of Gonzalez. I expect Jeo to show a better performance in his next sparring,” said Santisima’s longtime trainer Michael Domingo.

Domingo said that Brendan Gibbons, who’s assisting them in the US, will be getting them a sparring partner that has a similar style with Gonzalez for their next sparring session.

“For now, we have not yet found a sparring partner for Jeo. Jerwin is a southpaw but he knows how to fight orthodox,” said Domingo. “If there won’t be any sparring partners available, coach Joven (Jimenez) said that Jerwin is willing to help.”

Ancajas has been a regular at the Wild Card Boxing Club. He’s also the sparring partner of Santisima’s former teammate at the now-defunct ALA Gym, Jonas Sultan.

Ancajas is currently preparing for his 10th title defense against unbeaten Argentinean Fernando Martinez also on Feb. 5 in the US.

Santisima, who has sparred with four-division world champion Donnie Nietes in the past, is thankful that he’s getting quality sparring with an elite fighter like Ancajas.

“His experience as a world champion is very different. It’s such a huge help,” he said.

Santisima is coming off back-to-back wins in the Philippines against Alan Alberca and Marjon Piencenaves. His first trip to the US was in 2020, wherein he lost to then World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion Emanuel Navarrete in Las Vegas.

Gonzalez should be another tough fight for Santisima because the Mexican-American fought for a world title twice. He lost to both Shakur Stevenson and Navarrete by unanimous decision.

Santisima is 21-3 with 18 knockouts, while the 28-year-old Gonzalez is 24-2 with 14 knockouts.

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