Ancajas figures in the struggle for unification against the Japanese on New Year’s Eve
JERWIN ANCAJAS aims to add Kazuto Ioka’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) super flyweight belt to his International Boxing Federation (IBF) crown when he faces the Japanese in a unification bout on the evening of New Year at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo.
MP Promotions President Sean Gibbons confirmed on Thursday the unification fight that BusinessMirror broke on October 14.
Ancajas and his coach-manager Joven Jimenez will fly to Japan from Los Angeles on December 11 to begin their preparations in earnest.
âWe are so happy that Ancajas, one of our first world champions, is given this great opportunity to unify his IBF title with the WBO belt,â said Gibbons. âJerwin has been waiting for this for a long time. “
Ancajas (33-1-2 win-lose-draw record with 22 KOs) said he would do anything to win in enemy territory, noting that he expects 32-year-old Ioka (record 27 -2 with 15 KOs) train smart and hard.
âI’m very excited and it feels good. It’s the fight of my dreams, âsaid Ancajas, 29. “I waited six years for a signing fight to prove to everyone that I am the best 115 pounds in the world.”
This will be his 10th defense from the crown he won six years ago.
He said setting up a camp in Japan would not be a burden when he finally faces Ioka, who beat Mexican Francisco Rodriguez on September 1 by unanimous decision also in Tokyo.
âWe can adapt three days after arriving there. I am ready to fight anywhere, âhe said. “I’ve been to Japan and I love the Japanese fans, they’re some of the best in the world and they respect all the fighters and encourage the best man to win.”
Ancajas last fought on April 10 in Connecticut, where he defeated Mexican Jonathan Javier Rodriguez by unanimous decision. He returned on vacation to his hometown of Panabo, but returned to Los Angeles with Jimenez last August.
âWe are already studying Ioka’s style. We are also focusing on the speed and timing of Ancajas, âsaid Jimenez. “We’ve been in training camp seriously and we’re protecting everything, starting with his weight and his diet.”
Ioka is a formidable enemy having been world champion in four divisions: minimum flyweight, junior flyweight, flyweight and junior bantamweight. Josef ramos