ONE-TIME world title challenger Jonas Sultan is stoked to once again be back on the big stage.
“I’m excited to be given another opportunity to fight in the US,” Sultan told SunStar Cebu. “I’m well-conditioned and I have trained for a long time.”
Sultan is seeing action in the undercard of the title defense of World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion Johnriel Casimero against two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux on Aug. 14, 2021 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
The 29-year-old Sultan still doesn’t know who his opponent is in his US return. But he’s willing to face anyone in the ring.
“Yes, I’m ready for anybody that they place in front of me,” he said. “This fight is very important for me.”
Sultan has not fought for nearly two years. He last saw action on Aug. 17, 2019, wherein he stopped Salatiel Amit in seven rounds in Ormoc City.
In his hiatus, Sultan worked as International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas’ main sparring partner in the US for a title defense against Jonathan Javier Rodriguez on April 10, 2021.
Sultan, 16-5 with 10 knockouts, recently flew to the US to work as a sparring partner for another former opponent, Casimero. But because Casimero and World Boxing Council bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire Jr.’s unification bout didn’t push through, Sultan was taken out of Casimero’s roster of sparmates. Instead, he was given a fight in Casimero’s undercard.
Sultan is currently training with Team Casimero at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, sharing the same gym with Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, promising featherweight Mark Magsayo and former world champion Marlon Tapales.
The only other time that Sultan fought in US soil was his all-Filipino IBF world title fight with Ancajas in 2018, in which he lost by unanimous decision at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (EKA)