JERWIN Ancajas has another Mexican for an opponent when he stakes his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight title on the line on Sept. 29 in California.
Alejandro Santiago Barrios gets the biggest fight of his career as he challenges the Filipino world champion and tries to succeed where five others before him failed.
International matchmaker and Ancajas adviser Sean Gibbons confirmed the 12-round fight, although Ancajas trainer Joven Jimenez said no contract has yet been signed.
“Hintay pa namin yung kontrata,” said Jimenez, who nonetheless believes the 22-year-old Mexican is up next for the 26-year-old Filipino.
Ancajas successfully retained his 115-lbs. title belt last May 26 in Fresno, California with a dominant 12-round decision against compatriot Jonas Sultan in the first all-Filipino world title fight in the last 93 years.
The win improved his record to 30-1-1 with 20 KOs.
Israel Gonzales was the last Mexican foe of Ancajas, who he dispatched inside seven rounds during his U.S. debut at the Bank of America Center in Corpus Christi, Texas last January.
Meanwhile, it will be the first fight outside of his native Tijuana, Baja California for Barrios, who is up against a fighter of Ancajas’ caliber also for the first time.
The Mexican challenger holds a 16-2-4 record, with 7 KOs and is coming off a 10-round split decision against Puerto Rican Jose Martinez last March 24.
At the same time, Jimenez said Oakland, California is now being considered as the possible site of the fight to be shown on ESPN+ instead of Fresno, California.