IBF champ Jerwin Ancajas sees ONE as a good platform for Philippine boxing
Santino Honasan on Apr 23, 2018 01:43 PM
Team Lakay's Gina Iniong, Honorio Banario, Kevin Belingon, and head coach Mark Sangiao joined by reigning IBF Super Flyweight World Champion Jerwin Ancajas at the post-fight press conference of ONE Championship: Heroes of Honor, Friday evening in Manila
Friday night, ONE Championship once again packed the Mall of Asia Arena for their Heroes of Honor card, which featured an exciting night of MMA, kickboxing, and Muay Thai action.
Among the thousands in attendance, there was one very special guest who knows a thing or two about getting inside a ring and winning.
Gracing the Manila event with his presence was none other than reigning IBF Super Flyweight World Champion Jerwin ‘Pretty’ Boy Ancajas.
Ancajas was present to see fellow Pinoy fighters Gina Iniong, Honorio Banario, and Kevin Belingon pull out impressive victories, and even got to join them during the post-fight press conference.
From being cheered on by his fans and fellow Pinoys, Ancajas got to do some cheering of his own.
“Talagang unang-una ko ito manood ng MMA, dati sa TV lang. Ngayon, sobrang iba pala sa personal mo ito mapapanood,” Ancajas said. “Lalo na nung laban ni Gina, grabe yung sigaw ko. Tapos yung panalo rin ni Kevin. Sobrang tuwa ko na nanalo silang lahat.”
Aside from the Team Lakay wins, Ancajas also got to see some world class striking with the debut of the ONE Super Series, featuring kickboxing and Muay Thai greats such as Giorgio Petrosyan, Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, and Cosmo Alexandre to name a few.
As explained by ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong during the pre-fight festivities, the ONE Super Series is ‘an open invitation to the best strikers in the world’, and that includes boxing.
“I wasn’t gonna announce it yet, but I will just tell you right now, yes, ONE Championship is getting into boxing as well. I want the best Filipino boxers to come join us as well, ONE Super Series is going to feature literally the greatest martial arts on the planet, and I consider boxing also a martial art.” Sityodtong said.
For a highly-promoted boxer and world champion like Ancajas, he believes that the arrival of ONE to the martial arts scene will be a big help as it provides up-and-coming boxers an avenue to make names for themselves.
“Para sa akin, yung ONE Championship talagang malaki na. Para sa akin, maganda ito para sa boxing kasi kaunti na lang ang mga promoter.”
Of course, it helps that in the span of seven years, ONE Championship has managed to grow into the biggest martial arts promotion in Asia.
“Para sa boxing, pag may ganito kalaking event, malaking tulong ito para sa Pilipinas.” Ancajas added.
The 26-year old Panabo, Davao native is set to defend his title against number one contender Jonas 'Zorro' Sultan this coming May 26th.