By Rene Bonsubre Jr – After seven defenses of the IBF world junior bantamweight title, Jerwin Ancajas (31-1-2,21KO’s) is ripe for a unification fight. He will be knocking on that door again on December 7 when he fights Miguel Gonzalez (31-2,8KO’s) of Chile at the Auditorio GNP Seguros in Puebla, Mexico.
The man widely considered to be the top 115 pound boxer on the planet is Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada (40-3,27KO’s). Ancajas’ trainer Joven Jimenez is hoping Estrada will be at ringside.
“We are not sure if he will be there,” Jimenez told this writer, “But I hope he will watch Jerwin’s fight.”
But Jimenez and Ancajas are not looking past Gonzalez.
“His conditioning is even better now,” Jimenez stated. “He has sparred with Joebert Alvarez, Marlon Tapales and Jade Bornea. His weight is on target.”
The 27 year old Filipino southpaw was supposed to defend his title against Jonathan Javier Rodriguez in California on November 2. The fight ended up being cancelled with visa issues for the Mexican cited as the main cause. Ancajas chose to stay in the U.S. instead of returning to the Philippines. Ancajas vs. Gonzalez will be the main supporting bout of the Emmanuel Navarrete-Francisco Horta WBO junior featherweight title fight.
“Jerwin remains focused. I don’t really know the reason why his opponent was changed, but I have seen Gonzalez’s fighting style, it is similar to Rodriguez so it won’t be a problem.” Jimenez told this writer in an earlier chat.
Ancajas has reigned as world champion for three years. He got his title when he dethroned Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo by unanimous decision in Taguig City, Metro Manila.
Gonzalez is a 30 year old right hander and the October rankings of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) has him ranked at number 14.
Ancajas has been calling out the other superflyweight world champions. He travelled to Thailand in October of last year hoping for a showdown against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who was considered the division’s top dog. But Estrada got a revenge unanimous decision win over the Sor Rungvisai last April and also captured the WBC 115 lb division title. The other recognized champions are Khalid Yafai of the U.K.,who holds the WBA belt and Japanese Kazuto Ioka has the WBO crown
Picture Courtesy of Mikey Williams