According to news coming out of the Philippines the promising Jerwin Ancajas (22-1-1, 14) is to target a world title bout in 2015 with his preferred choice being the IBF Super Flyweight belt currently held by heavy handed South African Zolani Tete (19-3, 16).
At the time of writing Ancajas is ranked #4 by the IBF, though there is a vacant #1 ranking position. We suspect that #1 place will be filled in December when the unbeaten McJoe Arroyo (15-0, 8) battles against Mark Anthony Geraldo (31-4-3, 14) in what is thought to be a final eliminator bout for the unbeaten Puerto Rican. The #4 ranking is Ancajas's highest ranking and it seems to make more sense to target the IBF belt than any of the other titles , though he is also ranked #15 at Bantamweight by the WBA.
Aged just 22 Ancajas has really turned on the style this year scoring 4 impressive stoppage victories, including a win this past weekend in Macau over Fadhili Majiha. In fact Ancajas is now 9-0 (9) since losing a majority decision almost 3 years ago to Geraldo. That current form has impressed those who have been working with him and it's thought that Michael Koncz, the long term advisor to Manny Pacquiao, will be the man attempting to broke a deal between Ancajas and the IBF for an eliminator fight next year.
For those who haven't seen Ancajas in action he's a good looking kid, dubbed "Pretty Boy", who combines explosive speed, spiteful power and lovely combinations. He appears to have the package in terms of marketability in the ring whilst outside of it he's said to be a lovely young man with the potential to really connect with fans. His willingness to fight in the Macau cards, which he has now done twice, has shown a willingness to travel when needed and his ability has impressed many.
At the moment we suspect Tete would have a bit too much for Ancajas but this time next year things could be very different, especially given the vast improvement that we've seen in Ancajas in recent years. That development has taken him from prospect to genuine contender and we hope to see him as a challenger, if not a champion, sooner rather than later.
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