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Trainer Jimenez knows Jerwin can do better

Corpus Christi, Texas—While the whole world saw Jerwin Ancajas put on a stellar performance Saturday night, his trainer, Joven Jimenez, begs to differ.

Asked to rate Ancajas’ 10th round knockout of Mexican challenger Israel Gonzalez in their duel for the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight title, Jimenez said it was worth just a seven.

Pressed for an explanation, the 45-year-old former Navyman and amateur boxer said he felt Ancajas was slower than expected.

“From what I saw, he seemed slow,” said Jimenez. “Especially in the early rounds. Maybe because this fight happened earlier than usual.”

Ancajas’ previous title defense was on Nov. 18 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he stopped Irish Jamie Conlan in six rounds.

Author: Roy Luarca, Inquirer
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