Jerwin Ancajas

Weightclass: Junior Bantamweight

  • 31wins

  • 1losses

  • 2draws

  • 21kos

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 18 fights – 16-0-1, 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, three times in the United States, and one time each in Australia, and Northern Ireland.

In his last fight on September 28 in Oakland, California, he had a 12 round draw against Alejandro Santiago.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported [excerpts]: Jerwin Ancajas retained his junior bantamweight belt for the sixth time but had to settle for a draw in a very competitive fight with Alejandro Santiago on the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN+ card Friday night at Oracle Arena.

Ancajas and Santiago fought a scrappy, action fight the judges saw entirely differently. One judge had it 116-112 for Ancajas, one scored it 118-111 for Santiago and one had 114-114.

Santiago (16-2-5, 7 KOs) gave a very spirited effort…. The action picked up late in the second round when they traded toe-to-toe with both men getting nailed with solid punches, one of which appeared to wobble Ancajas just before the bell ended the round.

It was competitive all the way, with both fighters landing their share of shots, but it was Ancajas, who had swelling over his right eye late in the bout, who hit a little harder and landed a little cleaner than Santiago, who fought to a draw for the second consecutive fight. He also got his jab going in the second half of the fight.

The fight essentially came down to battle between the southpaw Ancajas’ straight left hand and Santiago’s overhand rights. [End Rafael item]

In his post-fight interview, Jerwin said, “It was a good, entertaining fight. My timing was a little off. He was a little awkward.

“I felt like I pressed the fight and did enough to win. I still want all the champions at 115. Nothing has changed.”

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

fight history

  • 2018

    6TH IBF JB WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – in his last fight on 9-28-18 in Oakland, CA, he had a 12 round draw against Alejandro Santiago (16-2-4): the bout was co-featured with the Jose Uzcategui vs. Ezequiel Maderna main event, and it was a good close fight; both gave strong efforts, both had several rallies, and the momentum shifted back and forth; Jerwin appeared to land the harder punches and many observers thought he deserved to win, but the judges scored 116-112 Ancajas, 118-111 Santiago, 114-114…

    5TH IBF JB WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – 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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