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.
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.”
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.
“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.