Against KO-hunting foe, Ancajas vows to put on a performance that will open door to bigger fights


Jerwin Ancajas needs to maintain himself sharp for his subsequent bout. —PHOTO FROM TOP RANK TWITTER

Filipino champ Jerwin Ancajas likes to mimic the strikes of his idol, Manny Pacquiao, throwing 1-2 combos adopted by geese, slides and turns. There are some who would go so far as to say he appears higher performing the strikes than the boxing legend himself.

And but Ancajas is in peril of changing into simply one other world boxing champion with hardly any memorable moments within the ring regardless of holding the Worldwide Boxing Federeation junior bantamweight title for six years.

He will get an opportunity to redirect his profession path Sunday morning, Manila time.

Ancajas is hoping to grow to be greater than only a minor blip on the radar screens of top-class boxing when he takes on a harmful Mexican challenger, Jonathan Javier Rodriguez in a 12-round title bout.

“I labored very arduous for this struggle, I need to grow to be well-known,” stated Ancajas after the official weigh-in on Saturday.

The struggle might be televised by Showtime Championships Boxing reside from Mohegan Solar Area in Uncasville, Connecticut. As a part of pandemic protocols, there might be no reside viewers.However simply the identical, Ancajas vowed to attain a win that will open the doorways to that “signature struggle” promised by MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons.

The lengthy wait—nearly 500 days of inactivity—afforded Ancajas an prolonged coaching camp, ranging from his leafy hideout in Cavite province to the yard of his rented Los Angeles flat.

He has skilled in the US since final 12 months with Olympic prospect Eumir Marcial however, not like the middleweight Olympian, solely bought to make use of the Wild Card Gymnasium as soon as per week.

“I’m used to ready, however now I’m given the prospect to lastly struggle. I’ll present what I can do,” stated Ancajas in Filipino.Meantime, Rodriguez was within the freezer for less than 127 days. He has gained 5 of his final six bouts by way of stoppage. And he’s bent on knocking out the Filipino champ.

“I completely consider that I can knock him out,” Rodriguez advised boxingscene.com. “In truth, I’m sure that this struggle just isn’t gonna be left as much as the judges in any respect.”

Whereas Rodriguez hasn’t fought anyone of Ancajas’ caliber, he’s bought the credibility to name a knockout. He as soon as knocked out Felipe Orucuta, who sustained mind harm after the struggle and needed to endure induced coma for an emergency surgical procedure.

“I plan to stress him all through from the beginning till the top. If I fall down 11 instances, I plan to stand up 12 instances and I’m gonna win it doesn’t matter what,” Rodriguez added.

That may not be easy as Ancajas strikes very effectively—and quick—contained in the ring.

And the Filipino has a profession plan laid out for himself, too.

“I need to struggle Chocolatito, he’s my idol too,” stated Ancajas, referring to Nicaraguan powerful man Roman Gonzalez.

Gonzalez, Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada and Thai Srisaket Sor Rungvisai are the heavy-hitters of that division and, naturally, dominate the large fights.

Whether or not Ancajas can be a part of that elite membership relies upon largely on him on Sunday.


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