Jerwin Ancajas faces Alejandro Santiago in Oakland
SAN FRANCISCO — IBF Junior Bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas comes face to face with his opponent, Alejandro Santiago of Mexico.
The two are scheduled for 12 rounds for the title at the Oracle Arena in Oakland this Friday.
This would be the sixth title defense for Ancajas, who is seen as the next big Filipino fighter since Manny Pacquiao — especially from Top Rank CEO Bob Arum.
“He fights exciting fights. He’s a consummate professional. He’s learning. He’s becoming better and better. And I think he’s the kind of fighter that will get a tremendous following among Filipinos here in the United States.”
With that much praise coming from Arum, and knowing he is representing all Filipinos, Ancajas is ready to deliver.
“As a boxer there’s a lot of pressure especially after great fighters like sir Manny but our team is doing the best we can and doing our job.”
A day prior to the press conference, Ancajas visited Filipino students of Balboa High School in San Francisco.
He hoped to inspire them by sharing his story and also answered questions from the students.
He is also very aware of the large Pinoy community of the Bay Area.
“I’m happy that my kababayans can see my talent especially here in Oakland, because I know there would be a lot of Filipinos who will watch.”
Ancajas holds a record of 30 wins, one loss, one draw with 20 knockouts — compared to his opponent, Santiago, who has 16 wins, two loss, four draws, with seven knockouts.