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Jerwin Ancajas gears up for first world title fight

By Leo Reyes     Aug 28, 2016 in Sports
Filipino junior bantamweight challenger Jerwin Ancajas is gunning for his first world title fight against IBF junior bantamweight champion McJoe Arroyo Saturday at the Jurado Hall of the Phl Marine Corp, Barangay Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Metro Manila
Arroyo grabbed the vacant WBO junior bantamweight title when he was credited with a technical decision against Filipino challenger Arthur Villanueva last year at the Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas, USA.
Villanueva lost the bout when the referee stopped the fight in the ninth round after a headbutt caused a deep cut on Villanueva's eyebrow. It was Villanueva's first career loss.
Arroyo is unbeaten in his career since turning pro in 2010. The 30-year-old southpaw from Ceiba, Puerto Rico has not fought since winning the vacant IBF junior bantamweight belt in July last year.
Arroyo, who stands 5'4" has a reach of 65" with a 47 percent knockout rating.
While Ancajas has lost once in his pro career, he enjoys height (5'6") and reach (66") advantage over Arroyo. Ancajas is 24 years old and also a southpaw.
Ancajas’ trainer Joven Jimenez is confident his fighter will give his very best performance on Saturday.
“We feel Jerwin will bring his best performance this fight. McJoe is a very good fighter; he is a versatile and experienced fighter,” said Jimenez.
Phl senator and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, whose MP Promotions was the single bidder for the Saturday event is supporting Ancajas' bid for his first world title fight.
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