Boxing: For Jerwin Ancajas, hope remains for title bout vs Rungvisai

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 31 2019 06:24 PM | Updated as of Jan 31 2019 06:56 PM

Jerwin Ancajas (right) with Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in Srisaket's most recent title defense held in his home city of Bangkok. File/Sean Gibbons' Facebook page

Jerwin Ancajas’ camp acknowledged it harbored high hopes fighting Srisaket Sor Rungvisai next, but the Thai champion opted to take on Mexico’s Juan Francisco Estrada instead.

“Ine-expect namin na siya ang sunod,” said Ancajas’ manager-coach Joven Jimenez. “Pero normal naman ang ganyan.”

Everything seemed to be headed to a title unification match between Ancajas and Srisaket, even as MMA promotion ONE Championship arranged their meetup in Bangkok in October. Ancajas owns the IBF junior bantamweight crown, while Rungvisai holds the WBC version of the belt.

But Srisaket was offered a high purse to face Estrada in a rematch on the streaming service DAZN.

“Nu’ng una si Rungvisai ang gustong lumaban kay Jerwin, pero ngayon nagbago ang isip,” said Jimenez. “OK lang wala namang problema.”

Ancajas is now preparing for a mandatory title defense against Japan’s Ryuichi Funai, who owns a 31-7 record, with 22 knockouts. He has won his last 7 outings, 6 by knockout.
The bout is likely heading to the undercard of either the upcoming defense of WBA lightweight titlist Vasiliy Lomachenko on April 12 or WBO welterweight ruler Terence Crawford on April 20.

Jimenez said his group is still hoping for a shot at Srisaket one day.

“Oo, umaasa pa rin kami na magkakasalpukan sila,” he said.

“Pero basta para kay Jerwin, kahit sino. Anuman ang plano ni (matchmaker) Sean Gibbons at Top Rank, doon kami. Walang problema yun. Paghahandaan na lang namin.”

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