Boxing: Ancajas ripe to move up in weight, chase 'Monster', says analyst

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 07 2019 11:23 PM

Jerwin Ancajas shown here connecting against Israel Gonzalez. Photo from Top Rank's Twitter page

World junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas may climb the bantamweight division depending on the result of his mandatory title defense against Ryuichi Funai of Japan.

Ancajas was going after a title unification bout against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, but the Thai champion opted to take on Mexico’s Juan Francisco Estrada instead.

Ancajas now has to settle for a tough match against the heavy-handed Funai, who has won 6 of his last 7 fights by knockout.

“Wala na talaga si Rungvisai,” said Ancajas’ manager-coach Joven Jimenez.

“Ang plano namin sir, pag hindi pa maganda condition niya ngayong sunod na laban, aakyat na siya.”

Sports analyst Ed Tolentino agreed with Jimenez’s sentiments. He believes Ancajas will be better off chasing bigger names in the 118-pound division.

“My concern is the possibility that Ancajas may have already ‘outgrown’ the 115-pound division,” said Tolentino. 

“If Srisaket remains elusive, I'd like to see Ancajas move up to bantamweight and pursue a mega match with Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue.”

Inoue, known as the “Monster,” is a 3-division champion from Japan and the world’s 6th pound-for-pound champion.

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