SIDELINED for months now due to the coronavirus illness 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Filipino world boxing champion Jerwin “Fairly Boy” Ancajas mentioned he’s not letting the “pressured” break go to waste as he continues to coach in preparation for boxing’s eventual resumption simply as he mentioned he’s open to completely different prospects so far as future opponents is worried, together with towards compatriot Donnie “Ahas” Nietes.
One of many company within the current episode of Tiebreaker Vods’ The Hit Listing, alongside along with his coach Joven Jimenez, Mr. Ancajas (32-1-2) mentioned coaching by no means actually stopped for him amid COVID-19, aware to not lose his step as he waits for the go-ahead for them to renew actions.
“With the assistance of Coach Joven and the remainder of the crew I proceed to coach since you’ll by no means know after we will likely be known as again to combat. It’s higher to be prepared anytime,” mentioned Worldwide Boxing Federation super-flyweight champion Ancajas, 28, in Filipino from their residence base of Survival Camp in Cavite.
Recognizing the severity of the COVID-19 scenario within the nation, the Ancajas crew mentioned it’s ensuring that the wanted well being and security protocols are being noticed, together with bodily distancing and correct hygiene, in order to not compromise the wellbeing of each member of the group.
Mr. Ancajas went on to say that regardless of the prodding of some individuals to go up in weight, he’s sticking to the 115-lb division for now as they really feel there may be nonetheless unfinished enterprise to cope with.
“For me I wish to nonetheless keep at 115 till I’ve confronted the opposite champions within the division, the big-name fighters at 115,” mentioned Mr. Ancajas, who gained the IBF title in 2016 over Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo and has had eight profitable title defenses up to now.
A attainable opponent being floated is Mr. Nietes, who gained the World Boxing Group super-flyweight title in 2018 however vacated it months later.
Within the occasion Mr. Nietes asks them for a shot on the IBF title, Mr. Ancajas mentioned it’s one thing they’re open to contemplating.
“Positive. Regardless of the plans of Sir Sean [Gibbons] (president of MP Promotions which Mr. Ancajas is a part of) and Coach Joven I’m prepared. Offered with such a chance (Nietes combat), it’s price grabbing,” he mentioned.
Nonetheless one other combat they see price contemplating is a rematch towards Alejandro Santiago Barrios of Mexico, whom the Filipino champion break up drew with in September 2018.
With the best way the combat ended the Ancajas crew mentioned it given the possibility it needs a rematch to settle with finality the problems surrounding it.
“We’re open to it. We wish to combat him (Barrios) once more as a result of many mentioned Jerwin misplaced that combat. We wish to combat him to settle issues as soon as and for all,” Mr. Jimenez mentioned.
Mr. Ancajas final fought in December final 12 months, beating Chilean fighter Miguel Gonzalez by the use of technical knockout within the sixth spherical to retain his title.
He was scheduled to combat in April in the USA towards Mexican Jonathan Javier Rodriguez nevertheless it was known as off due to COVID-19. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo