Over the weekend we saw a new IBF Super Flyweight champion being crowned as Jerwin Ancajas (25-1-1, 16) made the most of his IBF mandatory title challenge against McJoe Arroyo. Whilst Ancajas picked up the title win he didn't recieve much of a purse, in fact the fighter earned less than $4000 before his sanctioning feel was taking leaving him with notably less than $3,000. The win career defining and has certainly put Ancajas on the map, but the fight money won't have made a significant impact on his life.
Despite the low pay day Ancajas has opened the doors to big opportunities down the road, and there are various offers likely to be made the exciting youngster. He can however take some time to think about those opportunities with the need for money lessening in recent days following a cash bonus from boxer-turned-politician Manny Pacquiao.
The legendary Pacquiao stated that he was impressed by Ancajas's humility, courage and determination and it seems like the veteran has helped raise Ancajas's financial standing and profile following the win.
Although money wasn't the first motivating factor for the fighter, who wanted to fight for a world title, the chance now to earn the big bucks has made his gamble look like one that has payed off. Hopefully this will act as a wake up call to fighters who price themselves out of fights in the future. A win for a small purse today can open big doors tomorrow.
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