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    Opponent still unnamed, Jerwin Ancajas leaves for US for November bout

    Sep 29, 2020
    PHOTO: Alvin S. Go

    JERWIN Ancajas is finally US bound, securing his visa as he primes up for his defense of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight crown.

    Ancajas and trainer Joven Jimenez are set to leave for Los Angeles on Wednesday morning.

    A possible November fight is on the table, according to Manny Pacquiao (MP) Promotions President Sean Gibbons, although Mexican Jonathan Rodriguez being the challenger remains up in the air.

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    Ancajas was supposed to face Rodriguez last April, but had to be shelved by Top Rank following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

    "The key is getting in the US and then we'll sort things out there," said Gibbons on Tuesday in a virtual presser on the eve of Ancajas' US departure.

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    First time pro and Olympic-bound Eumir Felix Marcial also graced the virtual presser and announced too, of plans to leave for the U.S. within the next few weeks.

    The 24-year-old Marcial will be trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach at the famed Wild Card gym in Hollywood.

    Gibbons said there's no definite date or opponent yet for Marcial, who's likely to spend his early days in the U.S. training and getting back in fighting shape.

    "We're getting in there so he gets the proper sparring, proper training, proper everything. And that kind of really the plan is," said the MP Promotions official.

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