Boxing: Irish challenger to Jerwin Ancajas’ throne ‘impressed’ by Pinoy champ

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 28 2017 06:11 PM

Jerwin Ancajas will put his world junior-bantamweight crown on the line when he takes on Jamie Conlan of Ireland on November 18 in the challenger's home city of Belfast.

The announcement was made in a press conference Wednesday afternoon and Conlan himself posted the promotional material for the bout on Twitter.

"Masaya at excited. Gusto niya makalaban si Conlan," Joven Jimenez, Ancajas' manager and coach, told ABS-CBN News in a text message on Thursday, describing the Panabo city fighter's reaction to the news.

Jimenez described Conlan as, "magaling at may lakas ang suntok, puwede siya sa labas at sa loob lumaban."

This will be Ancajas' third defense of the 115-pound championship, all of them held overseas.

Conlan, who has won all 19 bouts in a professional career that began when he was 23 years old, will be fighting in his first world title bout.

When he watched Ancajas take on Teiru Kinoshita of Japan in the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn bout in Australia in July, Conlan thought Ancajas was "very, very impressive."

Having seen the champ do his thing in the ring, however, Conlan came away thinking he could take the belt away from Ancajas.

"I feel very confident. I know in my whole heart that I can beat this guy, but I do know that it’ll be a really tough task and it'll require the best to beat him," Conlan told iFL TV, an online media company that primarily covers boxing.

He added that he expects his countrymen to do their part when they troop to SSE Arena, a venue that can purportedly pack 10,000 people for concerts.

Conlan said he's met Ancajas and found him to be a "nice guy, really humble," but the Filipino champion's polite demeanor "won't stand him too well" when he's surrounded by Irish boxing fans.

"He doesn't seem to have that kind of like bad guy about him to be in this kind of place, because one thing about the Belfast crowd is they get behind their own," Conlan said. 

"They also understand a good fighter, they will understand that he's a good fighter. They will understand what it means to me to back me up."

Ancajas' last bout was a TKO victory over Kinoshita in Brisbane.

According to Boxrec.com, Conlan last fought in March, a split-decision victory over Yader Cardoza of Nicaragua. — With a report from Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

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