California for International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas has his next title defense setup for September 14th.
Sean Gibbons, who co-manages Ancajas’ career, announced that Ancajas will be stepping back in the ring in September.
“Best exciting news Thursday that Jerwin will be returning to the US to fight September 14th on a special telecast of ESPN Boxing,” Gibbons said (h/t ESPN). “It’s going to be held in one of our favorite places in Fresno, California where we had a great reception last time. This time we’re actually fighting in the co-feature, not the main event. We’re there with the local fighter Jose Ramirez who is going to defend his title. They’re looking at anywhere between 10,000 to 14,000 people.”
Gibbons said they will make a decision regarding an opponent by next week after consulting with Top Rank and Bob Arum.
“Jerwin made a very nice impression with the people of Fresno, We’re in a good area between Los Angeles and San Francisco. We haven’t selected the opponent but we’re going to find some very aggressive with his fists, not his head. The ones who come and rumble, the Mexican-type style.”
If Ancajas wins in September, he could be lined up for another fight in December.
“The idea is to work his way through 2018,” Gibbons continued. “And then he has his eyes on the big prize. The Estradas, the Rungvisais, the unified belts. I can see him close the year out, absolutely.”
Originally, there was talk of Ancajas meeting WBA champion Khalid Yafai in a unification bout that never took place.
“Bob Arum threw it out there, he talked about it. But he never really brought us any kind of proposal for it. We have no problem with Yafai, but the biggest fights for us are Estrada and Rungvisai.”
Gibbons was asked if an all-Filipino unification bout between Ancajas and the Nietes-Palicte winner could be possible, but he didn’t seem interested in the potential matchup.
“There’s too many other people to fight,” he replied. “Mix and match is always better for the fans. We inherited that mandatory (against Sultan), but I would never have put him in with another Filipino to defend his world title. But he did what he had to. Those match-ups are just not really the best for business. Again, Mexico baby. Mexico-Philippines. Manny made a living out of whipping Mexicans. Jerwin right here is going to carry on his legacy.
“It’s weird that after all those years you have two Filipino world title fights. Things come in threes so I hope we’re not the third. We’ll leave that for someone else.”