After November title defense, Ancajas wants to gobble up another belt

Dennis Principe

Posted at Oct 08 2019 11:45 PM

IBF world super-flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (third from left) attends a press conference at the Naval Education and Training Command in San Antonio, Zambales on Tuesday. Joining Ancajas are Chief Petty Officer Mike Salvador (from left), Rear Admiral Loumer Bernabe and MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons. Dennis Principe

SAN ANTONIO, Zambales—A fight with Filipino world super-flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas is inevitable for fellow world 115-lb titleholder Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico.

According to MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons, that prospective meeting will probably be early next year, and Estrada will have no other option but to face Ancajas in a unification match.

Estrada, 29, (40-3, 27 knockouts) is the holder of the World Boxing Council super-flyweight belt and is said to be eyeing a unification bout with unbeaten World Boxing Association ruler Khalid Yafai of the United Kingdom in December.

Meanwhile, Ancajas is set to defend his International Boxing Federation strap against another Mexican, Jonathan Javier Rodriguez, on November 2 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.

“It’s a unification match and that’s what it’s all about for Jerwin and Estrada. Estrada’s going to fight the WBA so in the end, they need to unify the belts and it’s definitely a great payday. Let’s do the fight first quarter of next year,” said Gibbons, adding that talks are ongoing between both camps.

“We’ve told Top Rank, that’s the fight we want. They’re speaking with their people. I’m good friends with Juan Estrada’s manager, I worked with his promoter Fernando Beltran.”

Ancajas (left) versus Ryuichi Funai of Japan during their world super-flyweight title fight in California in May. Ancajas defended his title for the seventh time with a TKO win over Funai. Ancajas' next title defense is against Jonathan Javier Rodriguez on November 2. Frederic J. Brown, AFP/file

But first things first, Ancajas must get past Rodriguez before thinking about Estrada, as the Mexican challenger is touted as a live-wire opponent whose last opponent, former two-time world title challenger Felipe Orucuta, suffered near-fatal injuries after their battle.

In preparing for Rodriguez, the southpaw Ancajas (31-1-2, 21 KOs) has so far logged in 27 sparring rounds at their training camp located inside the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) in San Antonio, Zambales.

Ancajas has been training at the NETC with the approval and support of rear admiral and flag office-in-command Robert Empedrad in coordination with Rear Admiral Loumer Bernabe and Capt. Roy Vincent Trinidad.

Ancajas, 27, is a reservist with the Philippine Navy where he was recently promoted to reserve senior chief petty officer. 

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