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PhilBoxing Exclusive: Ancajas talks about his recent triumph and future plans


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CHICAGO -- In the beautiful land of tacos and tequilas, Jerwin Ancajas threw a punch party where he celebrated the eighth successful defense of his IBF super flyweight title.

Days after coming down from the euphoria of that impressive six-round triumph against an over-matched Miguel Gonzalez at the Auditorio GNP Seguros in Puebla, Mexico, the champ spoke to PhilBoxing.com.

The 27-year old punisher walked us back to last Sunday's duel and shared his hopes moving forward.

He began with giving credit to his vanquished foe who was on a mission to become Chile's first male boxing world champion.

"Determinado kaayo siya, sir," (He was very determined) Ancajas told me over the phone, an international connection that was kindly bridged by chief trainer Joven Jimenez.

Idle since May and his timing thrown helter skelter by a fight cancellation last month, Jerwin admitted that he had to tread carefully early, using his length in height and reach to measure his opponent with stiff, probing jabs.



After three rounds, Jerwin finally figured out that his challenger employed a strategy of an all-out body attack, so he adjusted accordingly.

By Round 4, Jerwin realized that he could take Gonzalez's best punch and that's when he got ultra aggressive and began the plot for a mid or late fight stoppage.

With 1:34 to go in the fateful sixth round, the trap was set. Goading his opponent to a brawl at the center of the ring, Ancajas connected on a majestic one-two combination that was punctuated by a lethal left uppercut.

A flurry of unanswered blows and a few blurry seconds later, the contest was mercifully called at the 2:03 mark of the second round.

And just like that, the lefty from Panabo, Davao City was flooded with a sea of mixed emotions.

Excitement. Relief. Jubilation.

With his record bumped to a more robust 32-1-2 with 22 KOs, Ancajas wants to enjoy this recent fruit of his labors and spend time with his wife, three kids and loved ones.

In the next two weeks he intends to go back to the gym and pursue a path where he can broaden his reign in the 115-pound division.

"Gusto ko ug unification fight" (I want a unification fight) he said.

And that means facing either WBC champ Juan Francisco Estrada (40-3, 27 KOs), WBA ruler Khalid Yafai (26-0, 15 KOs) or WBO king Kazuto Ioka (24-2, 14 KOs).

Obviously, Ancajas has proven to be a class above those challenges he has thwarted in the IBF. It's time to branch.

Bigger fights. Bigger stage. Bigger bucks.

Hopefully, international matchmaker and Manny Pacquiao Promotions president Sean Gibbons can make it happen.

Not only is Jerwin Ancajas ready. He has earned the chance.


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Homer D. Sayson.


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