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    Jerwin Ancajas to fight under PBC in next IBF title defense

    Mar 14, 2021
    PHOTO: Sean Gibbons / Joven Jimenez

    JERWIN Ancajas will be under a new promotional outfit when he finally makes his long-awaited ring return.

    The reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight champion is now being handled by Premier Boxing Champions and will have his first bout with the firm onwed by manager Al Haymon when he defends his crown against Jonathan Rodriguez of Mexico on April 10.

    MP (Manny Pacquiao) Promotions President Sean Gibbons confirmed the latest career move of the 29-year-old Ancajas, who was previously handled by Top Rank.

    “PBC, yes,” said Gibbons from Las Vegas.

    “Jerwin is now fighting with the same company as Senator Pacquiao,” added the MP Promotions executive in reference to the 42-year-old boxing great who has been with PBC since 2019.

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    Joven Jimenez, the long-time trainer of Ancajas, was grateful having worked with Top Rank, which gave the Filipino world champion the needed break to fight in the rich US market.

    “Ang laking pasalamat po namin sa Top Rank. Sobrang bait nila sa amin, sa pag-alaga kay Jerwin ng halos tatlong taon,” said Jimenez.

    SPIN.ph learned Ancajas, from Panabo, Davao Del Norte, still has an existing contract with the popular promotional outfit of Hall Famer Bob Arum.

    But the firm gave the release papers of the Filipino champ when his management had a talk with Top Rank officials early this year.

    “Binigyan nila (Top Rank) kami agad ng release paper kaya laking pasalamat talaga namin sa kanila,” Jimenez added. “Maraming salamat din ng kay Sir Sean at sa PBC.”

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    Ancajas (32-1, 22 KOs) fought his first US bout in 2018 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas when he scored a 10th round stoppage of Mexican Israel Gonzalez to retain his IBF 115-pound title.

    He last saw action in the ring in December 2019 in a sixth round technical knockout win over Miguel Gonzalez, another Mexican, in Puebla, Mexico. Gonzalez was a last-minute replacement for Rodriguez.

    Ancajas’ title defense against Rodriguez will be at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.

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      PHOTO: Sean Gibbons / Joven Jimenez
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