Jerwin Ancajas to face Jamie Conlan in IBF 115-pound title defense
IBF super flyweight titleholder Jerwin Ancajas, 27-1-1 (18), will make the third defense of his strap on November 18, when he faces Ireland’s Jamie Conlan, 19-0 (11), at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Ireland.
While Ancajas will face a very pro-Conlan crowd in Belfast, fighting on the road won’t be a problem as the Philippines-based champion’s first two defencss have see him travel to China and Australia.
The fight will share the same card as former two-division world champion Carl Frampton in his first fight back since losing his WBA “super” world featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz, last January, in Las Vegas.
The card will also feature Zolani Tete’s first WBO bantamweight title defense; Tete will face off against Siboniso Gonya of South Africa.
Ancajas won the title a year ago and has kept his foot on the gas ever since scoring seventh round stoppage wins over Jose Alfredo Rodriguez in Macau, China, last January, and Teiru Kinoshita in Brisbane, Australia last July.
The Kinoshita win was a good one, in terms of exposure, as it was in front of 50,000-plus fans on the Jeff Horn-Manny Pacquiao card, and was televised in front of a huge ESPN television audience.
Conlan, the older brother of Top Rank’s junior featherweight prospect Michael “Mick” Conlan, comes into the bout undefeated and with a reputation as a gutsy and aggressive brawler, who will go to war to capture a victory. Conlan isn’t going to be mistaken for Fred Astaire in the ring and you’d better be prepared for him because, when the bell rings, he is coming for you.
Ancajas, who can box and brawl, will have his hands full in Conlan, to whom is referred as the “Irish Arturo Gatti” for his all-action, pressure, brawling style.
In recent interviews, Ancajas’s manager and trainer Joven Jimenez was well aware of what they were up against and was sure his charge was ready for the task at hand.
“Conlan is a very good fighter and that’s what we like to fight,” says Jimenez. “Conlan is super-aggressive and, to defeat that, you have to be in superb condition and Jerwin will be. It’s a dangerous fight for Jerwin but he is always ready.”
Ancajas, of Panabo City, Philippines, is a fighter working on expanding his international profile. Many feel he has the makings to be the Philippines’ next star in boxing, perhaps taking over the mantle from eight-time world champion and Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, who is in the twilight of his illustrious career.
Added Ancajas’ Las Vegas-based matchmaker Sean Gibbons, “I think, among the Filipino world champions today, Jerwin has the most potential to make it big in the global market, as an attraction. Jerwin’s division is the hottest in boxing at the moment. (Ancajas) just needs live exposure. I’m convinced, if the networks give Jerwin a chance, he’ll be the next big thing in Philippine boxing.”