PH’s Ancajas defends IBF world title today

Jerwin Ancajas (left) lands a punch against fellow Filipino fighter Jonas Sultan during their world title clash on May 26, 2018. TOP RANK PHOTO

MANILA – After his scheduled title defense last month was cancelled, Jerwin Ancajas will finally stake his IBF world super flyweight belt to end the year. He faces Chile’s Miguel Gonzales today at the Auditorio GNP Seguros in Puebla, Mexico.

This will be Ancajas’ eighth defense of the championship he wrestled from Puerto Rican veteran McJoe Arroyo on September 2016 at the Philippine Marine Corp. in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Ancajas was supposed to have his title defense on Nov. 3 against Mexican Jonathan Javier Rodriguez. But this was cancelled a day before with the latter now showing up due to visa issues.

“Nadismaya talaga ako nung na-cancel ‘yung laban pero inisip ko na lang na may mas malaking laban pa na parating,” Ancajas said. “Since na-cancel ‘yun hindi naman ako nag-stop sa training kaya ready tayo kay Miguel.”

Added the Panabo City, Davao del Norte native fighter: “Yung preparation ko the same pa din. Hindi ko puwedeng baliwalain si Miguel kaya tuloy tuloy lang ako sa paghahanda.”

Ancajas will be entering the match with 31-1-2 win-loss-draw ring record, including 21 stoppage victories, while Gonzalez carries a 31-2-0 slate, with eight win via stoppages./PN


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