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Jerwin Ancajas hits the road again in bid to become two-weight world champion

Jerwin Ancajas. Photo credit: Showtime

Jerwin Ancajas 34-3-2 (23) will be gunning to become a two-weight world champion when he steps through the ropes to challenge WBA bantamweight champion Takuma Inoue 18-1 (4) at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on February 24.

The 32-year-old Filipino southpaw moved up in weight after failing to regain the IBF super flyweight title from Argentina’s Fernando Martinez 16-0 (9) in their immediate rematch in Carson, California in October 2022.

Ancajas lost the bout on points just like he did in their first fight eight months earlier. The back-to-back losses saw Ancajas look north for a heavier weight class after his body had outgrown the 115-pound division.

Ancajas will be having his first fight in Japan, but he is no stranger to boxing abroad. He has fought in the United States, China, Mexico, Australia and Northern Ireland in the past.

“When I fight I do not think [about hometown decisions]. As a boxer I just show my best atop the ring,” Ancajas said to GMA Integrated News.

“I want to convince [the judges] every round that I am ahead especially when I am the visiting opponent. I have to be dominant every round and as a boxer I know when I am ahead or not.”

Ancajas’ trainer and manager Joven Jimenez said they would draw on previous experiences to come away with the win.

“We are used to fighting anywhere,” Jimenez said. When we are visitors it is kill or be killed. We just fight and not think about [hometown decisions]. We focus on our fight and our game plan.”

Jimenez has been putting Panabo native Ancajas through his paces to ensure he is in optimal physical condition come fight night.

“We are visitors so his conditioning must be all out and we go all out every minute of every round,” Jimenez said.

Ancajas added: “I have to push myself. This training is a huge help to me especially to my stamina because we do not know what Takuma would bring to the fight.”

Ancajas had a successful run at super flyweight, making nine title defences before running into Martinez. The additional three pounds have allowed him to train harder than ever before.

“Back when he was at 115 pounds it was tough for me to get in conditioning in training because a little hardship his body gives in especially in his last five fights. Now I give him hard training and I see his conditioning is great,” Jimenez said.

With the Philippines facing a dearth of world champions right now, Ancajas wants to put his flag in the sand on Saturday.

“I will work hard to get another world title for the Philippines especially now that we do not have a world champion. I want us to have a world champion early this year,” Ancajas said.