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Ancajas eager to prove himself in US bout

At this stage, Jerwin Ancajas is supposed to be tapering down for his defense of the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight crown against Mexican Israel Gonzalez on Feb. 3 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

But since arriving in Los Angeles on Thursday (Friday in Manila), Ancajas has been very active, as always.

Jerwin Ancajas. Photo by Mark Giongco
He and trainer Joven Jimenez, along with fellow Panabo City pride Mark Anthony Barriga, a 2012 London Olympian and unbeaten mini flyweight (8-0), have been running in the morning and putting in gym work twice a day.

Ancajas, 28-1-1 with 19 knockouts, wants to be sure he’s in optimum form when he makes a fourth defense of the crown he wrested from Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo in 2016.

The 26-year-old southpaw intends to use the fight, to be covered by ESPN, against Gonzales (21-1, 8 knockouts), as a showcase of his immense skills.

Author: Roy Luarca, Inquirer
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