Jerwin Ancajas set to defend IBF belt against Mexico’s Jonathan Rodriguez

Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas, the 115-pound fighting pride of the Philippines, is all set for the eighth defense of his IBF junior bantamweight world title this time against Mexican contender Jonathan Rodriguez | Inquirer.net photos

Junior Bantamweight Title Battle

Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas, the 115-pound fighting pride of the Philippines, is all set for the eighth defense of his IBF junior bantamweight world title this time against Mexican contender Jonathan Rodriguez.

This big boxing event will happen this Saturday, November 2 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. Ancajas-Rodriguez will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes (Spanish) starting at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT.

“I am looking forward to this fight because Rodriguez brings the Mexican style to his fights, and Mexican and Filipinos make the best fights,” Ancajas said. “I want to thank Top Rank, Senator Manny Pacquiao and my manager, Joven Jimenez, for their continued support. It is going to be a war, and to my Filipino fans, I look forward to putting on a show for you in Carson.”

The 27-year-old Ancajas (31-1-1, 21 KOs) is one of boxing’s longest-reigning and most active champions, as only two current world champions (Deontay Wilder and Wanheng Menayothin) have more title defenses.

“I plan on taking full advantage of this opportunity,” Rodriguez said. “Ancajas is a great champion, but my time is now. It is time for a new face at 115 pounds.”

The dynamic Filipino southpaw won the title in September 2016 and defended his belt three times apiece in 2017 and 2018. He last fought May 4 in Stockton, California, knocking out Ryuichi Funai in six rounds.

This will be Ancajas’ fourth consecutive bout in California, but the first time he’s showcased his skills in Southern California.

Rodriguez (21-1, 15 KOs) is considered as a dangerous foe because has won five in a row since a split decision defeat spoiled his unbeaten record. He is coming off a career-best win June 7 in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, when he knocked out former two-time world title challenger Felipe Orucuta in the 10th round.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Peltz Boxing, tickets for this world championship event are priced at $125, $85, $65 and $30 (not including applicable fees). Tickets can be purchased by visiting AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849) and in person at the Dignity Health Sports Park Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT). 

 

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