The 25-year old champion announced his presence to the world stage after his scintillating performance against Teiru Kinoshita, stopping the number three-ranked Japanese in seven rounds to retain the IBF World Super Flyweight belt.
Ancajas knew that a lot was at stake during that fight more than retaining his belt. But he did not let the pressure take over him as it was the moment he and his team have been waiting for all these years.
“Sa training palang namin, yun din po yung isa sa mga pinag-planuhan namin po na maging impressive yung laban,” Jerwin told Tiebreaker Times.
“Kailangan ipakita talaga yung galing, yun yung sineset sakin ni coach Joven [Jimenez] sakin.”
Like most boxers in the country, Ancajas and his team had a hard time to sustain the profession he chose. He had to teach boxing classes and training in makeshift boxing rings just to make ends meet.
Definitely it was survival for them and like in his fights, he rolled with everything life threw at them and struck back in every opening. After every fight, he eventually started to gain the fight fan’s attention with his rapid combinations.
Now reaping the fruits of their hard work and perseverance, the team believes that this is just the beginning of their journey.
For his part, Ancajas knows that the challenges are only about to get harder. As their dream to finally fight in the US against the big names continues to open up with every win, the team hopes for nothing but the best.
“Sa ngayon sir wala pang plano (pero) sana sa US na,” shared Ancajas’ coach Joven Jimenez shares as he expect a sit down with management about their next step.
“Aalamin ko next week. Paguusapan pa namin nila Sir Sean (Gibbons), Sir Joe (Ramos) at Sir Manny (Pacquiao).”
As for Ancanjas, expect only the best from Cavite’s “Pretty Boy” by the time of his next defense.
“Sila talaga ang nakakaalam sa susunod na laban pero ako po, lagi naman akong naghahanda talaga at hindi po ako nagpapabaya lalo na parang sakin po kasi, habang tumatagal na nagdedepensa, pabigat na ng pabigat ang mga laban sir.
“Ganun po yung ginagawa ko talaga, hindi ako nagkukumpyansa. Sa ensayo, ensayo talaga,” he furthered. “Kumbaga ito na yung daan na makilala kami, yung team namin na maipakita yung best sa laban.”