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Tough foe for Ancajas – Somodio

LOS ANGELES – Boxing trainer Freddie Roach’s chief assistant Marvin Somodio said yesterday IBF superflyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas is up against a durable challenger when he battles unbeaten Jamie Conlan at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Saturday.

Somodio, who has lived here since moving from his base in Baguio to work with Roach at the Wild Card Gym five years ago, said Ancajas might need a knockout to retain his crown in Conlan’s hometown. But he said the Filipino titlist has what it takes to get the job done.

“Don’t take Conlan lightly,” said Somodio. “I watched his fight against (Anthony) Nelson and Conlan went down twice but got up to score a knockout. He’s a tough guy and Jerwin will have his hands full. But Jerwin is more experienced, more versatile. I’m confident he’ll beat Conlan.”

The referee for the fight will be Steve Gray from Springfield, New Jersey. The judges are Filipino veteran Silvestre Abainza, Julie Lederman from West Nyack, New York and Dave Paris from Walk Woodlesford, Leeds, UK. The IBF allows a judge from one fighter’s home country and another judge from the other fighter’s home country to join a neutral judge in the panel. In contrast, the WBA insists that all three judges come from neutral countries in world title bouts.

It will be Abainza’s first trip to Ireland and first assignment with the IBF. Abainza, 64, is a long-time licensed WBA referee and judge. Abainza has never worked a fight with Gray before. Ancajas and his manager Joven Jimenez left Manila for Belfast last Friday. Abainza was advised of his assignment only the other day so he hopes to be issued an Irish visa in time to make the fight.

Author: Joaquin Henson, Philippine Star
Full Article: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/11/16/1759413/tough-foe-ancajas-somodio

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