Thursday July 19, 2018

Ancajas set for 3rd title fight in IBF super flyweight

JERWIN Ancajas makes the third title defense of his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight crown against Jamie Conlan on Nov. 18 at the SSE in Northern Ireland.

This is also Ancajas’s third straight title fight away from home after winning the belt against McJoe Arroyo last year. He dethroned Arroyo by unanimous decision in Taguig City.

The 25-year-old Ancajas made his first title defense in January and stopped challenger Jose Alfredo Rodriguez. His second defense was in July in Brisbane, Australia, where he knocked out Teiru Kinoshita in the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs, Jeff Horn fight.

The 30-year-old Conlan is the current World Boxing Council (WBC) International Silver super flyweight champion. He won it by a split decision over Nicaraguan Yader Cardoza by split decision. Ancajas should be Conlan’s toughest opponent to date.

Ancajas is 27-1-1 with 18 knockouts, while Conlan, the fifth ranked contender, is 19-0 with 11 knockouts.

No. 1 ranked Jonas Sultan is awaiting the winner after earning mandatory challenger status following a unanimous decision win over two-division world champion Johnriel Casimero last month. (EKA)