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.

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  • Mario
    28 September 2018 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    I am interested, how much Ancajas will receive from Bob Arum on the Santiago fight, I remember Ancajas got $75K on the Sultan fight, 95K on Gonzales, 80K on Colen. This is the reason why our boxers want to leave their Pinoy manager and work with a foreign promoter. Like the case of Nietes, he had been 10 years World champion and I believed his highest pay was during the Reveco fight got paid for $ 40K. While Ancajas only 2 years with Bob, his rate is already $100K and check payable to his bank account in PH, that is how generous BArum to Pinoy boxers. I don’t blame Magsayo left ALA,he should had been a Champion 2 years ago. US Promoter issue the pay check to the boxer, not the Gym owner or the manager.PH-GAB should come out with standard Boxer-Manager contract, that Boxer could leave the Gym owner/Manager after 5 years, renewable every year. ALA has several potential boxers that would had been a World Champions, but their Boxers are tied up with the Gym owner.