NEWLY-crowned International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas dedicated the biggest victory of his pro career to the victims of the recent Davao bombing incident.
Although now based in Cavite City, the 24-year-old Ancajas is a native of Panabo, Davao del Sur.
Shortly after dethroning Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo on Saturday night with a unanimous decision win to become a world champion for the first time, the Filipino southpaw offered the title belt to the casualties and those wounded in a deadly bombing that hit a night market in Davao City Friday night.
Latest count had at least 15 people dead and 70 others hurt during the blast.
‘Sana napasaya ko po sila doon sa Davao dito sa panalo ko,” said the world champ when asked by Rappler sports editor Ryan Songalia about the Davao explosion.
“Opo naisip ko rin po yung nangyari,” added Ancajas. “Kung ano man po yung nangyari, nangyari na po yun.”
Ancajas dominated the 30-year-old Puerto Rican throughout the 12-round bout at the Philippine Marine gymnasium inside Fort Bonifacio. He almost sent Arroyo out of the ring when the former champ stumbled out of the ropes amid a barrage of combination from the Filipino for the lone knockdown of the match.
Several fans in the stands were heard shouting 'Para sa Davao' intended for Ancajas during the course of the match.
The fighter out of MP Promotions improved his ring record to 25-1-1 with 16 KOs, while dealing Arroyo his first career loss as a pro (17-1, 8 KOs).
Ancajas is the fourth reigning Filipino world champion after Nonito Donaire Jr., Marlon Tapales, and Johnriel Casimero.
It would have been current five world title holders for the country had Donnie Nietes not relinquished his World Boxing Organization (WBO) light-flyweight crown to move up in weight.