INTERNATIONAL BOXING Federation (IBF) Super Flyweight champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas is still finalizing plans for the eighth defense of the title that he has held since 2016. Three very worthy opponents have been mentioned namely Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico, Alexandru Marin of Romania and Andrew Moloney of Australia.
Estrada is the current World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Flyweight champion and Ancajas’ camp is very excited about the possibility of a big unification fight that might lead to crowning an undisputed champion. “I have seen Estrada box and he is good, it will be an honor to face him in the ring,” said Ancajas during his visit to the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at Amelie Hotel Manila.
Ancajas was accompanied by his coach Joven Jimenez who added that they have already started training in their gym in Cavite while awaiting the identity of their opponent. The fight is seen to be held either in the last week of September or first week of October.
Toting a 39-3 win-loss card, Estrada last fought on April 26 wherein he wrested the WBC belt and also exacted revenge on Thailand’s Wisaksil Wangek. The two first met on February 24, 2018 with the Thai champion successfully retaining his crown.
Aside from Estrada, another option is Marin who holds the International Boxing Organization (IBO) Inter-Continental Super Flyweight belt and is undefeated in 18 pro fights. Moloney is likewise an undefeated prospect at 20-0 but does not hold any title at the moment.
Ancajas successfully defended his belt last May 4 against Japanese challenger Ryuichi Funai in Stockton, California. Because of this, his record improved to 31 wins, two draws and a solitary defeat.