California: International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas knew from the very start as a professional fighter that no payment will be made for two fighters once their fight is called off.
And that’s why he is willing to sacrifice for another month of training as he was given by the Top Rank Promotion with a new December 7 schedule to defend his belt for the eighth time against a non-Mexican challenger in Puebla, Mexico.
“Para sa akin yung nangyari kasama yan sa trabaho namin as boxer. Hindi namin hawak yung promotion at tanggap namin yung nangyari (For me, what happened is part of our job as boxer. We don’t control the promotion and we already accepted what happened),” Ancajas told The Manila Times on Sunday.
MP Promotion President Sean Gibbons said that the Top Rank Promotion would not pay any amount to Ancajas because the fight was called off after Mexican Jonathan Javier Rodriguez did not show up with only two days left before the fight due to ‘visa and medical issues.’
“That how life is my friend, no fight, no pay,” said Gibbons, who is shouldering most of the team Ancajas’ training expenses in the United States. “When you fight, you get paid.”
Ancajas is reportedly guaranteed a $175,000.00 (P9,061,500 million) purse — for a second straight bout — in his eighth world title defense against Rodriguez, but he will not also be paid by the Top Rank Promotion because of the unexpected incident.
Gibbons said he would negotiate and work on with the Top Rank Promotion this week to keep the same fight purse for Ancajas, when he fights on December 7 in Mexico. He also said that Ancajas’ new opponent would be announced soon.
But Ancajas said money is just secondary for him.
“Unang-una bilang boksingero hindi ko iniisip yung makukuha ko kung gaano kalaki o kaliit man yung pera na kikitain basta focus ako na maibigay ko yung best ko at magandang laban (First of all, I’m not thinking how much money I will gain. My focus is to give my best and give the fans a good fight).”
The 27-year-old Ancajas also remains thankful with the Top Rank Promotion since all is not lost.
“Wala namang nawala. Ipinapakita nila na tuloy pa rin naman ang laban so dapat magfocus na lang ako sa fight sa kahit sinong kalaban (Nothing lost. They are still showing that there’s still a fight coming for me so I need to focus on who will be my new opponent),” said Ancajas.
Ancajas (31-1-2 win-loss-draw record with 21 knockouts) said he is willing to sacrifice anything for the sake of the future of his three little siblings — Kyrie, Kyle and Kiera.
Ancajas and his team will be staying in Redondo Beach, California for one more month of training before flying to Mexico. They are already here in California since October 18.