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Sor Rungvisai would bring out best in Ancajas, says trainer

Jerwin Ancajas and his team got a close look at potential foe Srisaket Sor Rungvisai late Saturday night after sitting ringside in ONE: Kingdom of Heroes event at Impact Arena in Thailand.........»»

Category: newsSource: philippinetimes philippinetimesOct 7th, 2018

2018 s most memorable bits of boxing

The sweet science is always a source of headlines in the sporting world, especially in a country that's full of fight fans like the Philippines. Over the last twelve months, we've seen comebacks, championships, and even a little controversy.  Here are some of the best bits of boxing from 2018!    PAC BACK ON TOP 2018 saw Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao once again claim world championship gold following a bitter and controversial loss to Jeff Horn in 2017.  Fighting in Asia for the first time since 2014, Pacquiao challenged reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia back in July.  Billed as a durable, heavy-hitting brawler, Matthysse was supposed to be the one to threaten Pacquiao with a KO finish.  Instead, looking like the Pacquiao of old, it was the Filipino star who came out aggressive, landing bombs until finally scoring a seventh-round TKO finish, his first since 2009.  Just months shy of his 40th birthday, Pacquiao was a world champion for the eleventh time in his storied career.    THE BREAKUP Prior to Pacquiao's win over Matthysse, the Filipino boxer made headlines the world over after a split from long-time trainer and head coach Freddie Roach.  In April, months before Pacquiao's return to the ring against Matthysse, reports surfaced that Pacquiao, for the first time in over 15 years and 34 bouts, would not be working with the Hall of Fame trainer. According to various sources, the split stemmed from a disagreement between Pacquiao and Roach following the loss to Jeff Horn back in 2017.  Taking Roach's place as head trainer was Pacquiao's best friend, Buboy Fernandez, and judging from the result of the Matthysse bout, it paid dividends.  Still, the split didn't last too long.  Soon after Pacquiao's first WBA title defense against Adrien Broner was announced, both Pacquiao and Roach have confirmed that they will be working together once again.  This time however, Roach will be serving more of a consultant role, guiding Fernandez who remains as Pacquiao's head trainer.    CONTROVERSY SURROUNDS CANELO-GGG 2 In 2017, middleweight stars Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez went to an exciting 12-round draw that warranted a rematch in 2018.  In January, it was announced that the two warriors would square off once again in a Cinco de Mayo rematch. The rematch was put in jeopardy however, when Canelo tested positive for a banned substance in March. By April, the fight was off after the Mexican star decided to withdraw from the highly-anticipated rematch.  The fight eventually pushed through in September, with Alvarez picking up the majority decision win to hand Golovkin his first career loss, and more importantly claim the WBA (Super) and WBC Middleweight World Championships.  Three months later, Canelo would stop British boxer Rocky Fielding in the third round to capture the WBA (Regular) Middleweight World Championship as well.    ALL-FILIPINO For the first time in 92 years, two Filipino boxers faced off for a world championship when reigning IBF Super Flyweight World Champion Jerwin "Pretty Boy" Ancajas defended his title against Jonas "Zorro" Sultan in California.  In the historic meeting, it was Ancajas who emerged victorious, defeating Sultan via unanimous decision as the reigning IBF 115-pound champ continued his run of dominance with five successful title defenses. Four months later, Ancajas would retain his world championship once again, but this time after figuring in a split draw against Mexican Alejandro Santiago.    DONNIE NIETES MAKES THE JUMP Speaking of all-Filipino bouts and going to a draw, Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicte experienced both in just one bout.  Following a spectacular albiet short-lived run at Flyweight, which saw him capture and retain the IBF's 112-pound title, Nietes made the decision to move up to the 115-pound super flyweight division, where he'll be in the same pool as the big names like Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Juan Francisco Estrada, and compatriot Jerwin Ancajas.  Nietes' debut bout at 115 however, would be against fellow Negrense in Palicte, and it would be for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship in September.  In what many believed as a win for Nietes, the 12-round bout went to a controversial split draw, that denied Nietes of the distinction of joining Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. as the only Filipinos to capture four world titles in as many divisions.  Nietes still has the chance to do that before the end of 2018 however, as he gets another shot at the title on New Year's Eve when he meets Japan's Kazuto Ioka in Macau.    BUD MOVES UP Following years of dominance at junior welterweight, Terence "Bud" Crawford also made the jump up to a heavier weight class, and immediately made a splash.  Facing off against WBO Welterweight World Champion Jeff Horn, Crawford announced his arrival at 140-pounds with a dominant TKO win over the Australian in June.  Four months later, Crawford successfully defended the title against Jose Benavidez Jr. with a 12th-round TKO victory.    FLASH FORWARD Nonito Donaire Jr's 2018 didn't start off as well as he would have wanted.  The Filipino Flash lost his April bout to Carl Frampton for the WBO Interim Featherweight World Championship, prompting questions regarding the former four-division world champion's future.  In a surprising move however, Donaire announced that he would be going back down to super bantamweight and would be taking part in the World Boxing Super Series' super bantamweight tournament.  Matched up in the quarterfinal round against Ryan Burnett back in November, Donaire scored what many consider an upset, winning via TKO after the Irishman suffered a back injury. As a result, Donaire advanced into the next round of the tournament with the WBA (Super) Bantamweight World Championship around his waist.  Up next for Donaire will be WBO Super Bantamweight World Champion Zolani Tete of South Africa in the semifinals.    WILDER AND FURY GO TO WAR In one of the most talked-about heavyweight bouts in recent history, WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury put on a 12-round war that ended in...surprise, surprise, a split draw. Fury used his movement and technique to dictate the pace over Wilder throughout the 12-round bout, but the reigning champion dropped the British challenger in the final round that led to the draw decision, setting up what could be another highly-anticipated rematch in the future. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2018

Ancajas starts training for Rungvisai title fight

      MANILA, Philippines – Jerwin Ancajas won’t stay idle while waiting for the go signal of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai’s camp. The International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight champion will start preparations for a potential unification title collision with his World Boxing Council counterpart on Monday, October 22. Joven Jimenez, Ancajas' trainer/manager, said the first ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Ancajas-Rungvisai title showdown in the works?

WBC superflyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai pounded out a unanimous 12-round decision over Mexican challenger Iran Diaz at the Impact Arena in Pak Kret, Thailand, last Saturday with IBF counterpart Jerwin Ancajas, trainer Joven Jimenez and Las Vegas-based matchmaker Sean Gibbons watching at ringside to study what it will take to win a possible unification showdown......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 7th, 2018

Jerwin Ancajas moving up in weight

MANILA, Philippines – One more fight at super flyweight before moving up for Jerwin Ancajas. And if talks proceed smoothly, it's going to be against Thai superstar Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. Joven Jimenez, Ancajas' chief trainer and manager, made this revelation early Monday, October 1, while Team Ancajas was waiting for ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

Jerwin Ancajas can bring excitement back to PH boxing – trainer

Jerwin Ancajas can bring excitement back to PH boxing – trainer.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2017

Ancajas draws foreign pugs to Survival Camp

MANILA, Philippines – The ring exploits of Jerwin Ancajas are luring more foreign boxers to train at Survival Camp. According to Joven Jimenez, Ancajas’chief trainer, a Malaysian fighter is already billeted at the secluded facility tucked in Barangay Ramirez, Magallanes, Cavite, while a Singaporean and a Hongkonger are slated to come ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 24th, 2018

Jerwin says Thai easy target

If and when IBF superflyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas faces WBC counterpart Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in a unification title showdown, the Filipino said yesterday it won’t be difficult to connect because the plodding Thai is slow, making for an easy target......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

Ancajas willing to fight Thai champ Srisaket anywhere

The venue won't be of any issue for Filipino boxing star Jerwin Ancajas in a potential title unification bout against fellow super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand.........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

Ancajas to size up Thai star Rungvisai at ONE’s Bangkok card

ONE Championship is ensuring a festive week heading to its much-awaited live event in Bangkok, Thailand, as the organization is bringing one of the most celebrated boxing champions on Saturday, October 6......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 4th, 2018

Jerwin Ancajas off to Thailand to watch Rungvisai-Diaz fight

IBF superflyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas will be at ringside when WBC counterpart Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand stakes his crown against Mexico’s Iran Diaz at the Impact Arena in Pak Kret, 17 kilometers from Bangkok, on Saturday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2018

Ancajas will be at ringside for Rungvisai-Diaz ONE bout

Filipino boxing star Jerwin Ancajas will be in attendance when ONE Championship holds its inaugural boxing match featuring Thai champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in the main event of ONE: Kingdom of.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2018

Japanese may be next for Ancajas

It may not be WBC superflyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai who’ll face IBF titleholder Jerwin Ancajas next, after all......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

IBF champ Jerwin Ancajas to attend Rungvisai title defense in Bangkok

IBF champ Jerwin Ancajas to attend Rungvisai title defense in Bangkok.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

Moving forward

Jerwin Ancajas is not seeking a rematch to settle the score against feisty Mexican Alejandro Barrios-Santiago.   Instead, he's looking at a high-stakes, high-yield unification encounter with Thai Sor Rungvisai for his next fight.   Ancajas camp said they are inclined to pursue the fight against the Thai WBC belt holder, who will go up against Iran Diaz of Mexico next month also in the United States.   Already, Manny Pacquiao's former promoter Top Rank vowed to help the 26-year-old Filipino secure the fight, which is expected to be the biggest outing for the Panabo, Davao, native.   The prospects of that match could have been even more lucra...Keep on reading: Moving forward.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018

Ancajas keeps title but disappointed with draw

Mexican challenger Alejandro Santiago proved to be as dangerous as advertised and with celebrated trainer Romulo Quirarte calling the shots in his corner, nearly caused an upset but IBF superflyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas made the right adjustments midway the close fight to retain the title on a split 12-round draw at the Oracle Arena here Friday night......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

Jerwin Ancajas faces dangerous Mexican foe in Oakland

IBF superflyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas will earn his biggest paycheck of $140,000 when he takes on Mexican challenger Alejandro Santiago in a 12-round title bout at the Oracle Arena here this morning (Manila time) and the Panabo, Davao del Norte, native, making his sixth defense, is determined to win convincingly to pave the way for a unification showdown against WBC ruler Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand next year......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

Trainer Jimenez tells Ancajas to attack with caution

      OAKLAND, USA – Joven Jimenez usually tells Jerwin Ancajas to hold back in the early stages of a fight. Not now. The timid trainer with an infectious laugh has issued novel instructions for Ancajas when he defends the International Boxing Federation super flyeight crown on Friday night, September 28 (Saturday, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 28th, 2018

Trainer predicts KO win for Ancajas

Delfin Boholst, strength and conditioning trainer of International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas has predicted the Filipino winning by way of knockout against Mexican challenger Alejandro Santiago Barrios when the two collide on Saturday (Manila time) at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA. Boholst, a former member of the national amateur [...] The post Trainer predicts KO win for Ancajas appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsSep 27th, 2018

No pressure for Donnie Nietes as he makes his super flyweight debut

With 46 professional bouts and three world championship runs across as many weight divisions, ALA Promotions star Donnie Nietes is certainly no stranger to the bright lights.  On Saturday evening (Sunday morning, Manila time), Nietes steps back on the big stage as he looks to add a fourth world championship when he makes his highly-anticipated super flyweight debut against compatriot Aston Palicte on the SuperFly 3 card at The Forum in Los Angeles, California.  Nietes and Palicte will fight for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship.  While he's the smaller man in terms of height and reach, Nietes comes in as the bigger star among the two Negrense protagonists.  As mentioned earlier, Nietes has been here before, challenging for a world championship. For his opponent on the other hand, this is the closest that Palicte has been to a world championship.  "For me, wala naman nang pressure." Nietes shared with ABS-CBN's Steve Angeles. "Iniisip ko lang na parang normal na laban para hindi tayo ma-out of focus sa gameplan natin." After years of dominating in the light flyweight division, where he eclipsed Filipino boxing great Gabriel "Flash" Elorde as the longest-reigning Filipino boxing world champion, Nietes made the jump to the flyweight division. While his run at the 112-pound division lasted for all of just three bouts, it saw him capture and defend the IBF world title.  Now set to embark on his super flyweight journey, Nietes says he's comfortable and confident in his new weight division.  "Yes, for now masasabi ko na nadagdagan ko yung power ko kasi umakyat ako ng timbang. yung katawan ko kumportable talaga sa 115-pounds." Not to overlook the task that's in front of him, but Nietes knows that Palicte is just the beginning for him.  The 36-year old Murcia, Negros native is finally in a spot where he can go after all those 'big names' that he's wanted to face for so long.  Names like Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzales, like Juan Francisco Estrada, like Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, and even fellow Pinoy Jerwin Ancajas.  Simply put, Nietes wants all of them.  "Lahat ng nasa super flyweight, gusto ko kalabanin. Hindi naman ako medyo maliit kumpara sa kanila, talagang makakatapat ako sa kanila sa timbang." "Talagang pinag-hahandaan namin ang super flyweight." he added. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 8th, 2018

Unfazed Sor Rungvisai aims to unify super fly titles, eyes fights vs Ancajas, Nietes

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand, right, and Iran Diaz of Mexico pose for a picture during their open workout at Nakornlound Promotion Gym. Sor Rungvisai will be defending his WBC super flyweight.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018