ANCAJAS STAKES TITLE AGAINST CONLAN IN BELFAST ON NOVEMBER 18
Jerwin Ancajas will defend one of the remaining three world titles for the country as he stakes his IBF junior bantamweight title against the undefeated Jamie Conlan on November 18 at the SSE Arena at Belfast, Northern Ireland. The card will include unified junior featherweight and WBA featherweight titlist Carl Frampton and WBO bantamweight champ Zolani Tete. The 25-year-old Ancajas (27-1-1, 18 KOs) of Panabo City will face a dangerous foe.
“It’s a dangerous fight for Jerwin,” said Ancajas’ trainer and manager Joven Jimenez as told to Rappler. “But Jerwin is always ready. Conlan (19-0, 11 KOs) is a boxer, he is a puncher too. He is hungry too.” Ancajas has made two successful defenses of his title in Macau and Australia to win both matches via seventh-round stoppages. He stopped mandatory challenger Teiru Kinoshita before more than 50,000 audience in the Pacquiao-Horn supporting bout last July.
In the undercard of that fight was Jamie Conlan’s younger brother, the controversial 2016 Olympian Michael Conlan, and Jamie watched at the ringside to see Ancajas fighting his brother. This is what Jamie Conlan said of Ancajas: “For one so small, he’s extremely powerful but he’s not just a brawler and a banger. He started out nice and relaxed, patient in his approach. Like all the top Asian fighters around the weight, he’s extremely tough.”
“Ancajas was a big underdog when he won the title, beating a very good champion McJoe Arroyo, a former world medallist and Beijing Olympian, over in the Philippines,” added Jamie. “I’d be an underdog against any of the champions but, looking at that list, Ancajas might be the weakest of the current crop,” said the confident Conlan. “I’m entering this fight with big self-belief that I can bring home the bacon.”