Boxing: Jerwin Ancajas gears up for title defense in front of Pinoy fans in California

Santino Honasan on Oct 25, 2019 11:40 AM
Boxing: Ancajas gears up for title defense in California
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Filipino boxing star and reigning IBF Super Flyweight World Champion Jerwin "Pretty Boy" Ancajas will looking for a seventh successful world title defense when he meets Mexican Jonathan Javier Rodridguez at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California on Saturday, November 2nd (Sunday, November 3rd, Manila time). 

Ancajas (31-1-2, 21 KO) arrived in the United States last week and will be holding a meet-and-greet with fans this weekend, a week before fight night. 

The 27-year old Ancajas, a native of Panabo, Davao del Norte, has held the IBF's 115-pound title since 2016 with a decision win over McJoe Arroyo. Since then, Ancajas has had successful title defenses against Jose Alfredo Rodriguez, Jamie Conlan, and fellow Pinoy Jonas Sultan. 

Adding to Ancajas' excitement is the fact that he'll be competing in one of the largest Filipino-American communites in the United States. 

"Sobrang excited po kasi yun nga, marami daw po Pilipino dito sa Los Angeles, sana po manood sila ng laban ko. Very excited na po ako," Ancajas said, via ABS-CBN's Steve Angeles. 

Since becoming champion, Ancajas has competed overseas, and many of his title defenses have come in California. This will be Ancajas' first time to compete in Carson however, and hopes to be able to continue his success in the same place where other Pinoy boxers like Donnie Nietes have found success. The former long-time world champion has had two successful outings in Carson. 

Sana din po swerte din ako pag-defense ko dito sa fight, katulad nila Donnie na lumaban na din dito," said Ancajas. "Maganda ang record ng lahat ng Pinoy dito na lumaban sa Carson, sana mag-tuloy ang swerte ng mga Pilipino na lumaban dito." 

Standing in front of Ancajas will be 24-year old Rodriguez, ranked-14th by the IBF. the native of San Luis, Potis comes in with a 21-1 professional record with 15 wins coming via KO. He has won his last five fights, with four of them ending in stoppages. 


h/t: Steve Angeles

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