Panabo world boxing champ ready for 9th title defense on April 11

Panabo world boxing champ ready for 9th title defense on April 11
International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight champion and Panabo City native Jerwin Ancajas. (Photo from Jerwin Ancajas Facebook page)

DAVAO CITY – International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight champion and Panabo City native Jerwin Ancajas is 100 percent ready to defend his boxing title on April 11 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Ancajas will defend his title for the ninth time against  Mexican challenger Jonathan Javier Rodriguez.

Ancajas is currently training with widely popular American boxing trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card gym.

In a recent talk with the media, Ancajas said that he is not taking Rodriguez lightly since the latter is a dangerous opponent who wants to get his world boxing belt.

“Itong laban na ito talagang pag-eensayuhan ko,” Ancajas said.

Rodriguez is a difficult opponent for Ancajas since the latter has an impressive record of 22 wins and one defeat.

Manny Pacquiao Promotions president Sean Gibbons, who handles the boxing career of the Filipino boxer said Anjas is supposed to fight Rodriguez in April of last year but the bout was canceled due to COVID-19.

The MP executive said if Ancajas will successfully beat Rodriguez he is set to face dangerous Japanese boxing champion Kazuto Ioka later this year.

The 29-year-old Anjacas last fought on December 7, 2019, where he scored a sixth-round knockout win over Puerto Rico’s Miguel Gonzalez in Puebla, Mexico.

Ancajas fought two times in 2019 but none last year.