Jerwin Ancajas

Weightclass: Junior Bantamweight

  • 30wins

  • 1losses

  • 2draws

  • 20kos

AGE:
26
Birthplace:
Panabo City, Davao Del Norte, Philippines
Height:
5'6"
reach:
66.5"
Managers:
Joven Jimenez
Trainers:
Joven Jimenez

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Jerwin "Pretty Boy" Ancajas

At the age of 26, Jerwin is a nine-year pro. The IBF junior bantamweight world champion, he won the title in September, 2016, and has made five successful title defenses.

Jerwin is considered by most observers to be one of the Philippines’ top young talents, with the potential to become his homeland’s next major star. He was voted the “2017 Athlete of the Year” by the Philippine Sportswriters Association.

He is co-promoted by Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotions – he’s Manny’s first world champion – and Top Rank, who calls him “the next Manny Pacquiao.”

Jerwin is undefeated in 17 fights – 16-0, 1 NSF, with 14 knockouts – since his only loss by 10-round majority decision in March, 2012.

He has fought 23 times in his native Philippines, five times in China, two times in the United States, and one time each in Australia, and Northern Ireland.

In his last fight on May 26, 2018, in Fresno, California, he won a 12-round unanimous decision against Jonas Sultan. It was the first world title fight between two Filipino fighters in 93 years, since flyweight world champion Pancho Villa defended the title with a 15-round unanimous decision win against Clever Sencio in Manila on May 2, 1925.

ESPN.com’s Ryan Songalia reported [excerpts]: It was a one-sided exhibition of Jerwin Ancajas’ technically flawless skills.

The southpaw from Panabo City, Philippines, retained his IBF junior bantamweight title for the fifth time, outboxing mandatory challenger Jonas Sultan to a unanimous decision victory. The scores were 119-109 on two cards and 117-111 on a third.

Ancajas controlled the fight from the opening round with his piston-like jab, closing off all entry points for Sultan to get on the inside and do work. Ancajas followed his jab with straight lefts to the midsection and the head and landed sneaky counter-right hooks whenever Sultan lunged forward without his jab.

Sultan had been stunned momentarily in the ninth round but wasn’t ever close to being stopped in the fight.

Ancajas never wavered from his game plan of boxing and counterpunching. Sultan had some success peppered throughout the whitewash, landing left hooks over the right hand of Ancajas from time to time but never could get anything of note going. [End Songalia item]

In his post-fight interview, Jerwin said, “It was a good experience to fight against Jonas. He hits hard, has a true heart of a Filipino. As I’ve said before, it’s really tough to fight versus Filipinos because they continue to keep fighting.”

Jerwin made his U.S. debut in his previous fight on February 3, 2018, in Corpus Christi, Texas, and won by 10th-round TKO against Israel Gonzalez.

fight history

  • 2018

    5TH IBF JB WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – in his last fight on 5-26-18 in Fresno, CA, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against Jonas Sultan (14-3): the bout headlined at the Save Mart Center, and drew a crowd of 5,102; Sultan pressed forward and gave a determined effort, but Jerwin dominated the fight – he consistently out-boxed and out-worked Sultan and controlled round after round with his jab; Jerwin staggered Sultan in the 9th round, finished the fight strongly, and won by scores of 119-109, 119-109, 117-111.

    4TH IBF JB WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – On 2-3-18 in Corpus Christi, TX, he won by TKO (10th round) against Israel Gonzalez (21-1): the bout was co-featured with the Gilberto Ramirez vs. Habib Ahmed main event; Jerwin scored a knockdown with a left hand early in the 1st round and dominated the fight; Gonzalez gave a determined effort and had a few brief rallies, but Jerwin consistently out-worked him, landed the harder punches, and steadily wore him down; he scored two knockdowns in the 10th round, both with left hands, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 1:50; after nine rounds, Jerwin led by shutout scores of 90-80 on all three scorecards…

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  • 2017

    3RD IBF JB WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 11-18-17 in Belfast, N. IRE, he won by TKO (6th round) against previously undefeated hometown favorite Jamie Conlan (19-0): the bout was co-featured with the Carl Frampton vs. Horacio Garcia main event, and Jerwin dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown with a body punch in the 1st round, and Conlan was cut over his left eye in the 2nd; Jerwin scored a knockdown with a left hand to the body in the 3rd round, then scored a knockdown with a left hand to the body in the 4th; he floored Conlan with a series of body punches in the 5th round, but the referee ruled one was a low blow and Jerwin was penalized one point; Jerwin scored another knockdown with a right hook early in the 6th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:52; after five rounds, Jerwin led by scores of 49-41, 49-42, 49-42.

    2ND IBF JB WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 7-2-17 in Brisbane, AUST, he won by TKO (7th round) against left-handed Teiru Kinoshita (25-1-1): the bout was co-featured with the Jeff Horn vs. Manny Pacquiao main event; Jerwin pressed forward, consistently landed the harder punches, and dominated the fight; Kinoshita was cut over his right eye in the 2nd round, and the eye became swollen as the rounds progressed; Jerwin scored a knockdown with a right hook to the body in the 7th round – Kinoshita got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:53; after six rounds, Jerwin led by shutout scores of 60-54 on all three scorecards.

    1ST IBF JB WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 1-29-17 in Macau, CH, he won by TKO (8th round) against Jose Rodriguez (32-4): the bout headlined at the Venetian Resort as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations, and Jerwin dominated the fight; Rodriguez pressed forward and gave a determined effort, but Jerwin consistently out-boxed and out-worked him, and landed the sharper punches; Rodriguez injured his right shoulder and did not continue after the 7th round; after seven rounds, Jerwin led by shutout scores of 70-63 on all three scorecards…

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  • 2016

    WON IBF JB WORLD TITLE – on 9-3-16 in Taguig City, PH, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against left-handed 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian and previously undefeated defending champion McJoe Arroyo (17-0): the bout headlined at Jurado Hall of the Philippine Marine Corp, Barangay Fort Bonifac – Arroyo was favored to win, but Jerwin dominated most of the fight; he pressed forward, landed the harder punches, and wore down Arroyo; Jerwin rocked Arroyo with a left hand in the 6th round, and scored a knockdown with a right hook in the 8th; he floored Arroyo with a left hand to the body in the 9th round, but the referee ruled it a slip; scored 117-110, 118-109, 115-112.

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