IBF champ Jerwin Ancajas signs with Top Rank, set to make US debut
Reigning IBF Super Flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas of the Philippines set to make his US debut in February of 2018. (AP FILE PHOTO)
The future continues to look bright for reigning IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin 'Pretty Boy' Ancajas, as the 25-year old has signed with Top Rank Promotions, the same company that has promoted Filipino boxing legend and eight-division world champion Manny 'Pacman' Pacquiao.
In fact, Ancajas won his IBF title fighting under Pacquiao's MP Promotions banner.
Now, as he's set to make his United States debut, Ancajas says he's happy to be signing with a proven name in boxing such as Top Rank Promotions.
“I am thrilled to have Mr. Arum and Top Rank promoting my career in the United States. As a Filipino boxer there is no higher honor than to have Mr. Arum and Top Rank Boxing promoting you,” Ancajas said via the Top Rank Boxing website.
“I also want to thank MP promotions and Joven Sports for helping get me to this point in my career and I look forward to following in the footsteps of my Idol and promoter Manny Pacquiao. I want to be a champion for a long time.” Ancajas added.
Ancajas’ co-promoter and trainer Joven Jimenez of Joven Sports added that signing with Top Rank was the ‘only choice’.
“We at Joven Sports are thrilled to be signing with Mr. Arum and Top Rank boxing. There was only one choice when we decided to go with a promoter in the United States,”
“Mr. Arum has done so much for Filipino boxing over the years. We are honored to be promoted by him.” Jimenez added.
Ancajas will be defending his IBF title for the fourth time against Mexico’s Israel ‘Jiga’ Gonzales at the Bank of America Center in Corpus Christi, Texas on February 3rd, 2018.
The Panabo, Davao del Norte-born Ancajas defeated McJoe Arroyo to capture the IBF title back in 2016, and has defended the title thrice since, scoring stoppage wins over Jose Alfredo Rodriguez, Teiru Kinoshita, and most recently, Jamie Conlan.