At the age of 26, Jerwin is a seven-year pro. The IBF junior bantamweight world champion, he won the title in September, 2016, and has made three successful title defenses.
He is considered by many observers to be one of the Philippines’ top young talents, with the potential to become one of his homeland’s major stars.
Jerwin has fought 23 times in his native Philippines, five times in China, and one time each in Australia and Northern Ireland.
He is undefeated in 15 consecutive fights – 14-0, 1 NSF, with 13 knockouts – since his only loss by majority decision in March, 2012.
Jerwin is co-promoted by Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotions – he is Manny’s first world champion – and Top Rank, who call him “the next Manny Pacquiao.”
In his last fight on November 18 in Belfast, Northern, Ireland, he defended the IBF title for the third time with a sixth-round TKO win against previously undefeated hometown favorite Jamie Conlan.
ESPN.com’s Nick Parkinson reported [excerpts]: Jerwin Ancajas showed why he can succeed Manny Pacquiao as the Philippines’ next boxing hero after overwhelming Jamie Conlan in six rounds on Saturday.
Ancajas made a third defence of the IBF world junior bantamweight title by forcing four knockdowns – one was deemed illegal from a low blow – against the local hero Conlan at the SSE Arena in Belfast.
Conlan battled on bravely after being knocked down in the first, third, fourth and sixth rounds, with [the] referee stopping his first world title fight that had become a lost cause for the Northern Irishman.
Ancajas won the belt in September, 2016, and this emphatic win showed his quality in a division deep with talent that also features Japan’s Naoya Inoue, Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Runvisai, Nicaragua’s Roman Gonzalez and England’s Kal Yafai.
Eight-weight world champion Pacquiao, 38, is in the twilight of his career, but in Ancajas, the Philippines may well have another boxer capable of winning world titles in multiple weight divisions.
Ancajas out-classed Conlan from the first round. The first knockdown was bizarre, with a delayed reaction from Conlan. It was unclear whether a body or head shot had caused the Belfast-boxer to touch down.
Ancajas’ southpaw right lead caused problems for Conlan, but more of a potent weapon were his punishing body shots which the challenger could not deal with.
Conlan was cut above the left eye in the second round which Ancajas then targeted with his right hand.
Conlan was caught by a left hook in the third round but it was a left to the solar plexus which bothered him more. Another left, perfectly delivered to Conlan’s midsection, sent the challenger down for a count of eight.
Conlan got up but he could not handle the body attacks.
Conlan just about beat the count in the fourth round after being caught on the ropes with another left to the solar plexus. Yet another body attack in the fifth round put Conlan down again but it was ruled to be from a low blow and the challenger escaped a count.
Ancajas apologised and then resumed his onslaught with mercy.
Conlan was finished before the first minute of the sixth round after being sent to the canvas by a cuffing right to the head. [End Parkinson item]