Ancajas all set for US debut


International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas is all set for his US debut fight against Mexican Israel Gonzalez on February 3, at the Bank of America Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

“You will see a hungry version of Jerwin in my US debut,” Ancajas (28-1-1 win-loss-draw record with 19 knockouts) told the media in a news conference on Saturday at the Island Cove Resort in Binakayan, Cavite.

IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas AFP PHOTO

Ancajas, 25, who knocked out his last three challengers, expressed excitement on his fourth world title defense but expects Gonzalez (21-1 win-loss record with eight knockouts) to be more dangerous than his previous foe Jamie Conlan.

“This is my first fight in the US and I want to impress the boxing fans. I don’t want to underestimate my foe, what I want to do is exceed what I deed in Belfast, added Ancajas, referring to his recent sixth round technical knockout win vs Conlan last November 18. “We know Mexicans are tough fighters, Gonzalez will go all out.”

In his last three fights, Ancajas’ body punches proved to be lethal as he scored TKO victories on Jose Alfredo Rodriguez of Mexico last January 29 in Macau, Japanese Teiru Kinoshita last July 2 in Brisbane, Australia and the Irish Conlan in Belfast.

International matchmaker Sean Gibbons said he chose a highly rated Mexican opponent because of the known rivalry between Filipino and Mexican boxers. Pinoy ring icon Manny Pacquiao is known as a “Mexican killer” because of his memorable wins over Marc Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez and Erik Morales.

“He (Gonzalez) is in the top 10 of the IBF and a good test for Jerwin’s US debut. I believe he will bring the fight to Jerwin and he’s not going to run around,” said Gibbons, who is preparing for a three-fight deal for Ancajas in 2018 including a possible All-Filipino showdown against Jonas Sultan in April.

Sultan beat fellow Johnriel Casimero last September 9, in an IBF title eliminator bout in Cebu and became a mandatory challenger of Ancajas.

Gibbons added that they are also negotiating with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotion.

He also mentioned that they are working with ESPN Sports to air Ancajas’ US debut in February.


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