‘Akala ko dati pangarap na lang’ - Jerwin Ancajas on fighting in the US
With his US debut nearing, Jerwin Ancajas looks like he's on the same path as Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao (Photo courtesy of Manny Pacquiao on Instagram: @mannypacquiao)
At just 26 years old and with 30 professional fights under his belt, reigning IBF super flyweight world champion Jerwin ‘Pretty Boy’ Ancajas is no stranger to competing internationally.
From mainland China to Macau, Brisbane to Belfast, Ancajas has showcased his skills all over the world, and in a week’s time, the Manny Paqcuiao protégé will be setting foot on arguably the biggest stage he’s been on, as he makes his United States boxing debut.
The Davaeño champion will be defending his title for the fourth time against Israel Gonzalez at the Bank of America Center in Corpus Christi, Texas on February 3 (February 4 in the Philippines).
“Akala ko dati parang pangarap na lang,” Ancajas said, via ABS-CBN’s Steve Angeles. “Sa mga Pinoy, mga boksingero, isang pangarap na makapunta dito sa US. Sa akin, sobrang tuwa ko na nandito na lalaban sa US.”
Pacquiao’s performances in the United States are in large part what made the eight-division world champion an international boxing icon, and now, the young man being touted as ‘The Next Pacquiao’ has the massive opportunity to follow in the footsteps of his ‘boss’, with the help of legendary boxing promoter Bob arum and Top Rank Promotions.
As for Arum, he sees a world of potential in Ancajas, and says that he won’t be rushing the rising star’s path to fame.
“I think he’s a scrappy kid. He has talent he’s a very very nice boy who has good values, and I think he can become a major star on the international stage, on the US stage and in the Philippines.”
“We really have high hopes for him and I’m not going to let anybody rush me into making fights for him just because people want to see the fights.” Arum added. “We’re going to move him relatively slowly against good competition, and through the Ospacies of ESPN, I think we’re going to make him a major star.”
H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN