AFTER a layoff of more than a year, well-travelled Jerwin Ancajas stakes his International Boxing Federation super flyweight championship belt against Mexico’s Javier Rodriguez on April 10 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.
“Ngayon po excited na po ako na makabalik sa ring kasi ‘yun nga po matagal-tagal na di nakalaban kaya’t excited na po talaga,” Ancajas said in an interview yesterday posted on the website philboxing.com.
Now based in Los Angeles and a roommate of Olympic-bound Eumir Felix Marcial, Ancajas, 29, last fought on Dec. 7, 2019, stopping Chile’s Miguel Gonzales in eight rounds to retain his title at the Auditorio GNP Seguros in Puebla, Mexico.
The pride of Panabo, Davao del Norte has crisscrossed the globe in defending his strap, fighting in various countries such as Belfast, Ireland; Corpus Christi, Texas, Macao and Brisbane, Australia, among others.
He has a ring record of 32 wins, 22 of them by knockouts, against two draws, and will make his ninth title defense of the belt he won by beating Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo via unanimous decision on Dec. 3, 2016 at the Philippine Marine Corps Jurado Hall in Taguig city.
Rated No. 3 in the IBF super flyweight rankings, Rodriguez, 25, is no pushover, having racked up 22 wins, spiked by 16 knockouts, against one loss.
Manager-trainer Joven Jimenez, who is with Ancajas in the US, said that his ward has sparred with super flyweight Jonas Sultan and Marcial in Los Angeles as part of his tune-up for his coming fight.
MP promotions head Sean Gibbons, who handles Marcial and Ancajas, noted that Rodriguez is “a traditional Mexican kid who is in great shape,” adding it would be an explosive encounter “since both fighters have very aggressive styles.”