Filipino pug Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas will challenge International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight champion McJoe Arroyo of Puerto Rico tonight at the Jurado Hall of the Philippine Marine Corps in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
“Our sparring is done already and it is more of strategy now,” Ancajas’ trainer and manager Joven Jimenez told The Manila Times on Friday. “We are preparing for Arroyo’s counter-punching and the way he will run in the fight. We will cut him off.”
Jimenez said that his ward has what it takes to join the ranks of other Filipino world boxing champions.
Known as an aggressive fighter, the 24-year-old Ancajas has a win-loss-draw record of 24-1-1 with 16 knockouts while the undefeated Arroyo has 17-0 with eight knockouts.
“Jerwin is ready to perform in front of the Filipino crowd. He is very excited to fight. Jerwin is also very aggressive as a fighter he loves to attack,” added Jimenez.
The 30-year old Arroyo, a technical and defensive fighter, won the vacant super flyweight belt in July 2015 from Filipino Arthur Villanueva.
A victory by Ancajas would make him the Philippines’ third world champion the other two namely World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire Jr. and IBF flyweight titleholder Johnriel Casimero.
Donnie Nietes just relinquished his WBO light flyweight belt after moving up to the flyweight division. He will fight Mexican Edgar Sosa on September 24 in California.
JOSEF T. RAMOS