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    Well-deserved break for Ancajas as next fight won't be until October yet

    May 27, 2018
    Jerwin Ancajas with match-maker Sean Gibbons and trainer Joven Jimenez. Alvin S. Go
    FRESNO, CALIFORNIA – Jerwin Ancajas is set for a long, well deserved rest as Top Rank Promotions is looking at an October date for his next fight.

    International match-maker Sean Gibbons said the 26-year-old Filipino world champion won’t be back in the ring until five months from now against a handpicked opponent.

    Ancajas was dominant in a unanimous decision win against challenger Jonas Sultan to retain his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight championship at the Save Mart Center here, marking the first time in 93 years two Filipinos fought for a major world title.

    “For the moment, Bob (Arum) says we have a date in October, and we’re going to look at a few different options and let’s get back in there,” said Gibbons amid a festive mood inside the dressing room of the champion from Panabo City, Davao del Norte.

    But Gibbons hinted a unification match against any of the three other world champions at 115-pounds will have to wait a little.

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    Ancajas had no choice but to fight Sultan since the latter was the No. 1 IBF contender and mandatory challenger.

    “When you get stuck with a mandatory (fight), you got to take what you got to take,” said Gibbons. “When you say, ‘I like a chocolate cake,’ but then they will give us a vanilla cake, and so I have no choice.”

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      Even before fight week against Sultan, talks had already spread about Ancajas meeting World Boxing Association (WBA) counterpart Khalid Yafai in a unification title match.

      Yafai, the 28-year-old Olympian from United Kingdom, saw action in the co-featured fight of the Ancajas-Sultan bout, scoring a seventh-round stoppage of Mexican David Carmona to retain his crown.

      Ancajas said he managed to get a glimpse of the fight while preparing inside his dressing room, and described Yafai as a ‘good, technical boxer.’

      But it appears that would have to be put in the backburner for the moment.

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      “We headed into mandatory, so now we’ll get back to picking fights that will keep developing Jerwin while waiting for that big fight,” stressed Gibbons.

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      Jerwin Ancajas with match-maker Sean Gibbons and trainer Joven Jimenez. Alvin S. Go
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