Sultan shapes up, set for title

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ONE-TIME world title challenger Jonas Sultan is keeping himself in shape and ready for action as soon as his number is called.

Sultan is deep in training as the sparring partner of former foe and fellow Filipino, International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas, in Los Angeles, California.

“I’m always ready. At anytime I’ll be given a fight. Maybe next year,” Sultan told SunStar Cebu.

Sultan has been helping out Ancajas for his next title defense as his main sparmate since October. They are both training under the guidance of coach Joven Jimenez.

“It’s been going well. I’ve been helping out Jerwin and in turn he’s also helping me out. I have also learned a lot with coach Joven,” said Sultan.

The 29-year-old Sultan signed with ZC Kings Promotions, a Zamboanga-based promotional outfit, after the closure of ALA Promotions. ZC Kings Promotions are working on giving him a fight in the US.

“I have learned a lot (with Jimenez). I have improved my footwork and how to deliver my punches without losing my balance,” said Sultan.

Sultan, 16-5 with 10 knockouts, challenged Ancajas in an IBF super flyweight title fight in 2018. Sultan, however, was outgunned by Ancajas and lost by unanimous decision at the Save Mart Arena in Fresno, California.

After that loss, Sultan bounced back with a unanimous decision win over Ardin Diale in late 2018. He fought for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver super flyweight belt and lost to Athenkosi Dumezweni by unanimous decision. Sultan’s latest fight was a technical knockout win over Salatiel Amit.

Sultan has dropped out of the world rankings but he believes that he’ll be back for another run at a title especially now that he’s been training with one of the best super flyweights in the world in Ancajas. (EKA)