World boxing champion Jerwin Ancajas has been on an extended await a career-turning combat. He must bide his time some extra.
The sturdy, trendy prizefighter from Panabo Metropolis in Davao del Norte, who hasn’t fought within the final six months, nonetheless gained’t get the large three names in his division, in response to his promoter Sean Gibbons of MP Promotions.
As a substitute, Gibbons made the rounds within the media saying the combat between the 29-year-old Ancajas and Japanese Kazuto Ioka is within the works for a December date presumably in Japan. Ioka referred to as out Ancajas after his Sept. 1 unanimous determination win over Mexican Francisco Rodriguez Jr. in Japan.
The Filipino champ has a 33-1-2 document with 22 knockouts, whereas the Japanese sports activities a 27-2-0 card with 15 stoppages.
However whereas they’re preventing for a unification title within the 115-pound division—Ancajas being the Worldwide Boxing Federation (IBF) champ and Ioka World Boxing Group (WBO)—it wasn’t nonetheless the “signature combat” Gibbons promised the soft-spoken Ancajas.
Ancajas has been aching to combat A-listers like World Boxing Affiliation and World Boxing Council champ Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzales of Nicaragua.
A combat with one in all them will elevate the profile of Ancajas, who has been eclipsed by fellow Filipino world champ John Riel Casimero, the brash, outspoken WBO bantamweight champion additionally being dealt with by Gibbons.
Earlier than his practically six-month lull, Ancajas went via virtually a 12 months and a half earlier than springing to motion and beating Jonathan Javier Rodriguez on April 10 in Connecticut.
Ancajas has held the IBF crown for 5 years, however hasn’t fought a major opponent in that span. His supervisor, Joven Jimenez, had stated they’re prepared at a second’s discover when an enormous combat arrives.
With a large 5-foot-5 body, Jimenez stated Ancajas may even bounce to bantamweight. However that will be the territory of compatriots Casimero and Nonito Donaire Jr., in addition to the division’s principal man Naoya Inoue of Japan.
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