FRESNO, Calif.—Jerwin Ancajas said he thinks his title-retention performance against Jonas Sultan was worth a decent score of 7. The International Boxing Federation world champion could be overrating himself, though; his trainer, Joven Jimenez, was unimpressed and gave him a 6. It was the lowest ever grade Ancajas got from his trainer since he dethroned Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo in 2016 and defended the title successfully against the likes of Mexican Alfredo Rodriguez in Macao; Japanese Teiru Kinoshita in Brisbane, Australia; Northern Irishman Jamie Conlan in his hometown Belfast; and Mexican Israel Gonzalez in Corpus Christi, Texas. But Ancajas has little reason to complain. While he stopped Rodriguez in 7 rounds, Kinoshita in 7, Conlan in 6 and Gonzalez in 10, he was unable to put down Sultan. Ancajas, though, offered an explanation, albeit hackneyed. "It was a good experience to fight against Jonas. He hits hard, has a true heart of a Filipino," he said. "As I've said before … [Read more...] about News Boxing: Is Ancajas’ trainer bothered by champ’s failure to win via stoppage?
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Watch more in iWantv or TFC.tv FRESNO, Calif.—This time, Jonas Sultan beat Jerwin Ancajas to the punch. Not in the ring, but on the weighing scales. Sultan, 2 inches shorter but with a bigger bone structure than Ancajas, reached the 115-pound super flyweight limit early Thursday morning. The 5-foot-6 Ancajas cleared it in the evening, following some walking at the fitness center of the Courtyard by Marriott, where both fighters were billeted here. Though Team Sultan, also composed of trainer-brothers Edito and Edmond Villamor and 3-division world champion Donnie Nietes, arrived in the US 2 weeks earlier than Team Ancajas, led by chief trainer Joven Jimenez, the bigger group checked in 20 minutes ahead of the ALA Boxing contingent Tuesday. In their weight chase, Sultan has always been in front, 117 pounds on Wednesday as against Ancajas’ 118. Asked whether he would still train Thursday afternoon, after the official press conference of the first world title duel between two … [Read more...] about News Boxing: Personal weigh-ins show Ancajas, Jonas Sultan clearing 115 pounds
REDONDO BEACH, Calif.—What was supposed to be a period of rest became a two-tier training session for Jerwin Ancajas on Sunday. With his fifth defense of the International Boxing Federation super flyweight crown against Jonas Sultan on the horizon, Ancajas, upon the concurrence of chief trainer Joven Jimenez, spent the day sweating it out at the fitness center of Homewood Suites Hilton here. The morning session consisted of treadmill runs divided into 3 spurts of 15, 10, 10 minutes, shadow boxing, abdominal exercises and mitts work, with basketball moves on the side. To soothe Ancajas’ muscles, he was massaged alternately by Jimenez, Mark Anthony Barriga and Roberto Jalnaiz, with Delfin Boholst applying the final touches. Not contented, Ancajas returned past 8 p.m. and repeated the process with slow rock music playing in the background. Sweating profusely, the 26-year-old southpaw, who’s being given lukewarm water by Jalnaiz from time to time, … [Read more...] about News Boxing: Not easy like Sunday morning, as Ancajas forgoes rest for hard workout
CHICAGO: Several ships carrying cargoes of sorghum from the United States to China have changed course since Beijing slapped hefty anti-dumping deposits on U.S. imports of the grain, trade sources and a Reuters analysis of export and shipping data showed.Sorghum is a niche animal feed and a tiny slice of the billions of dollars in exports at stake in the trade dispute between the world's two largest economies, which threatens to disrupt the flow of everything from steel to electronics.The supply-chain pain felt by sorghum suppliers on the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans underscores how quickly the mounting trade tensions between the U.S. and China can impact the global agricultural sector, which has been reeling from low commodity prices amid a global grains glut.Twenty ships carrying over 1.2 million tonnes of U.S. sorghum are on the water, according to export inspections data from the USDA's Federal Grain Inspection Service. Of the armada, valued at more than US$216 million, at … [Read more...] about Exclusive: US sorghum armada U-turns at sea after China tariffs
HOUSTON: Saudi Arabia's national oil company Saudi Aramco on Saturday is expected to disclose initial steps toward a multibillion-dollar chemical plant in Texas, according to sources familiar with the company's U.S. operations.Saudi Aramco has been weighing an expansion of its U.S. subsidiary Motiva Enterprises LLC's Port Arthur, Texas refinery, already the largest in the United States by capacity.But Motiva wants to first move into petrochemicals, using abundant natural gas from U.S. shale fields to make the precursors for plastics, the sources said.Texas Governor Greg Abbott is expected to attend an event in Houston on Saturday where Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih and Saudi Aramco Chief Executive Amin Nasser are to discuss the plans, according to a Saudi Aramco representative."Motiva is actively exploring a number of opportunities as part of its growth strategy," the company said on Friday. "These opportunities include locations where … [Read more...] about Saudi Aramco eyes new petrochemical plant in Texas: sources