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Team Ancajas denies that deal has been reached to work with Memo Heredia for next fight

Team Ancajas has refuted several reports and Memo Heredia’s own announcement that a deal has been reached for the former IBF world super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas to work with the Mexican strength and conditioning coach for the Filipino’s next fight.

Earlier this week, Heredia posted on social media that he has been tasked to oversee the strength and conditioning of Ancajas for the latter’s next fight.

Ancajas’ trainer and manager Joven Jimenez, however, denied that a deal has been finalized, and added that he does not think that the camp needs Heredia on board.

“First of all we have not finalized anything with Sean Gibbons regarding Memo. But for me, we do not need Memo. What does he have? We don't need him,” Jimenez said.

“We did it before for many fights which were a success. It is just now that we are having problems with his weight. Personally [I am not in good terms] with Memo. If we work together we might end up in a fist fight because we already fought before. We cannot force Memo [with us].”

Heredia is renowned to Filipino fight fans for the work he did with Juan Manuel Marquez’s fourth fight with Manny Pacquiao that saw the Mexican legend put the eight-division to sleep to put an exclamation mark on their storied rivalry.

He was also in charge of Yordenis Ugas’ conditioning when he pulled off an upset against Pacquiao last August and is credited for whipping three-division champion John Riel Casimero to tip-top shape.

Ancajas, however, echoed his longtime coach’s sentiment citing that they can do without an additional coach.

“Like what coach said, we did it before without him. It still depends on coach if we need [a strength and conditioning coach] because he knows my body for the longest time. We will talk about it,” Ancajas added.

—JMB, GMA News