Thursday, June 24, 2021

Sultan ends long layoff, faces veteran Tampipi

ONE-time world title challenger Jonas Sultan finally ends his long hiatus and faces experienced Danny Tampipi on May 29 in Laguna.

“I have not fought for a while. I think this is a good matchup for me. I can assess what I need to improve on. I’ll do my best to put on a good performance,” Sultan told SunStar Cebu.

Sultan is back in the Philippines after helping International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas in his training camp in the United States for Jonathan Javier Rodriguez that started in October 2020. He’s currently finishing off training in Zamboanga City.

“I’m always well-conditioned. I never stopped training,” said Sultan.

Sultan last saw action on Aug. 17, 2019 against Salatiel Amit. He stopped Amit in seven rounds.

Sultan rose to prominence after back-to-back wins against former world champion Sonny Boy Jaro and current World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight champion Johnriel Casimero in 2017. He knocked out Jaro in eight rounds and beat Casimero by unanimous decision, the biggest win of his career.

Sultan earned his title shot against Ancajas in 2018 in the US. He lost to Ancajas via a lopsided unanimous decision.

Tampipi is an 11-year veteran with 23 fights under his belt. He has fought the likes of former world title challenger Shohei Omori, world-rated Jhunriel Ramonal, Pete Apolinar and once-promising prospect Ralph Jhon Lulu.

Tampipi’s last fight was a unanimous decision defeat in the hands of Apolinar on Dec. 18, 2020 in Mandaue City.

Sultan is 16-5 with 10 knockouts, while Tampipi is 9-12-2 with five knockouts. (EKA)


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