The camp of International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas is eyeing to hold the boxer’s third title defense in the United States.
Trainer and manager Joven Jimenez said that Ancajas is ready for his US debut and they are considering a couple of names to be the challenger of the Panabo, Davao del Norte native.
“There are many opportunities coming his way. The next fight is possibly in the US, but there’s no opponent yet,” Jimenez told The Manila Times. “We’re going to wait for calls two weeks from now. I believe Jerwin is ready to fight there (in the US).”
Super flyweight champions Naoya Inoue of Japan and Thai Wisaksil Wagek are the names that Jimenez mentioned as Ancajas’ possible opponents.
Inoue is the World Boxing Organization super flyweight champion while Wangek will be facing Nicaraguan Roman Gonzales for the World Boxing Council super flyweight belt.
“We’re looking for big fights next like a fight against Inoue,” said Jimenez, adding that Ancajas has really improved a lot since winning his first title defense via sixth round technical knockout of Jose Alfredo Rodriguez last January in Macau.
Ancajas successfully defended his belt last July 2 against Japanese Teiru Kinoshita via seventh-round knockout in one of the undercard matches of the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn WBO welterweight duel in Brisbane, Australia.
Ancajas is eager to showcase his talent in the US.
“I’m ready to fight next in the US and that will be my first time there,” the 25-year old Ancajas said. “I’m willing to fight other world champions too in a unification bout.”
Ancjas is holding a 27-1-1 (win-loss-draw) record with 18 knockouts.