JERWIN Ancajas left for Belfast on Friday and vowed to return two weeks from now still the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight champion.
The Filipino world title holder defends his crown against local hero Jamie Conlan on Nov. 18 at the SSE Arena, confident he can beat the unbeaten challenger despite fighting anew on hostile ground.
Conlan carries a 19-0 record with 11 knockouts and is a popular figure in Ireland along with younger brother, upcoming pro and former world amateur champion Michael Conlan.
But the 25-year-old champion is unperturbed as he left the country together with trainer and manager Joven Jimenez ready and in great shape for the 12-round fight that serves as undercard in the ring comeback of former world champ Carl Frampton.
"Maganda ang kundisyon niya. Handang-handa na po siya," said Jimenez hours after their long trip to Belfast, where the team will have a stopover in London.
Fighting in front of a raucous crowd is also not a concern.
"Sabi ni Jerwin gagawin niya lahat ng paraan para manalo," Jimenez added. "Excited siya talaga para sa laban na ito.
The native of Panabo, Davao del Norte had been there and done that.
Ancajas successfully retained his crown four months ago with a seventh round TKO of Teiru Kinoshita of Japan in Brisbane, Australia in the main undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn bout for the World Boxing Organization welterweight title.
In his first defense of the crown in January, he scored a seventh round technical decision over Mexican Jose Alfredo Rodriguez at the Cotai Arena in Macau.
"Kaya sanay na po kaming lumaban sa labas ng bansa," added Jimenez.
Ancajas, who won the IBF belt with a 12-round unanimous decision over McJoe Arroyo of Puerto Rico, sports a record of 27-1-1 with 18 KOs.
He fights out of the Manny Pacquiao Promotions.