IBF champ Jerwin Ancajas eyeing unification bout against WBC champ Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 11, 2018 12:28 PM
“I am willing to fight anywhere. If we come back to Thailand and fight there, no problem. If we end up in the United States, then good for the both of us. If we can all find a way for Top Rank and ONE Championship to work together and promote the unification bout in the Philippines, my home country, even better,”
Reigning WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai was, as advertised, dominant in his most recent outing.
Defending his world title for the first time in his home country of Thailand since regaining it over a year ago, Srisaket outboxed Mexican challenger Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz en route to a unanimous decision victory after 12 rounds of boxing action in the main event of ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES last Saturday, 6 October.
Srisaket’s masterful dismantling of Diaz thrilled thousands of martial arts fans present at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, and it was also enough to earn the praise of a very interested observer.
Sitting in the crowd was none other than IBF Super Flyweight World Champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas, who was invited to witness the historic debut of boxing on the ONE Championship stage.
“Seeing boxing on this kind of stage is surreal. ONE Championship is the biggest martial arts organization in the world, and it’s no surprise that boxing feels right at home there,” the Filipino boxer shared.
“It was definitely an honor to be able to witness history. ONE Championship provides another avenue for boxers to showcase their skills and their talents on a massive stage. I congratulate ONE Championship on a successful first boxing match, and I certainly wish them even more luck in the future,” he added.
Aside from watching history unfold, Ancajas was also in attendance to do some scouting against a possible future opponent.
With regards to what he saw that night, Ancajas had nothing but good things to say about the Thai boxing superstar.
“It played out just as I expected. Don’t get me wrong, Iran Diaz is a great challenger, but Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is just on a different level. You could feel that he was feeding off from the excitement of the crowd, and you could see that he wanted to put on a show for his home country. It was definitely a good match. I had fun watching it,” he expressed.
Being arguably the two of the best pugilists in the 115-pound weight class today, Ancajas and Srisaket appear to be headed for a collision course, and for the Filipino, it is only a matter of when and where.
Ancajas has successfully retained his IBF crown six times, coming off a split draw against Mexican slugger Alejandro Santiago Barrios last September.
A title unification bout against Srisaket is definitely something that could be on the horizon for the 26-year-old Panabo, Davao del Norte-native.
“That has the potential of being a really big fight, maybe the biggest fight in the super flyweight division even. Definitely, we’d like to sit down with his camp and finally discuss it to get the ball rolling,” Ancajas stated.
With regards to where the match will take place, Ancajas stressed that he is open to wherever the discussions will take them.
“I am willing to fight anywhere. If we come back to Thailand and fight there, no problem. If we end up in the United States, then good for the both of us. If we can all find a way for Top Rank and ONE Championship to work together and promote the unification bout in the Philippines, my home country, even better,” he declared.