Boxing: Ancajas camp hopes to get title unification bout vs Estrada in near future

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 21 2019 07:48 PM

Jerwin Ancajas (right) during his title defense against Ryuichi Funai of Japan. Frederic J. Brown, AFP

It’s no secret that the camp of Jerwin Ancajas wants to have the country’s top junior bantamweight king battle Mexican superstar Juan Francisco Estrada.

Coach Joven Jimenez said it’s a fight they want to see in the near future as the current IBF junior bantamweight champion gets his chance to unify his title with Estrada’s WBC, Ring magazine, and lineal titles.

Jimenez noted that Estrada himself also wants to fight Ancajas.

“Handa lang kami kung makalaban ni Jerwin, dahil alam naming gustong-gusto ni Estrada [na] makalaban si Jerwin. Siya mismo [ang] tumawag at nagpalabas siya ng statement na gusto niyang makalaban si Jerwin,” said the coach, who is training Ancajas at the Naval Education and Doctrine Command in San Antonio, Zambales.

“Iyon po ang pinaka-top po sa super flyweight (junior bantamweight) ngayon, kaya napakaimportante na makaharap ni Jerwin si Estrada.”

Match maker Sean Gibbons said they might find an opening if Estrada hurdles his challenger, Dwayne Beamon, this weekend.

He believes a bout between Ancajas and Estrada could resurrect the boxing rivalry between the Philippines and Mexico.

“There’s talk that after Estrada beats Beamon, he’ll take on WBA champion Khalid Yafai late this year. If that happens, we’ll wait for the winner and by the first quarter of next year, Jerwin will be up for the biggest fight of his career,” said Gibbons in a report by Philboxing

“A Jerwin fight against Estrada is definitely a pay-per-view event and will bring back the intense boxing rivalry between the Philippines and Mexico,” he added. 

Gibbons is currently working to set a bout between Ancajas and undefeated Romanian Alexandru Marin.

He said the bout could take place in October.

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