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Jerwin Ancajas takes purse dive for chance to win world title

By Leo Reyes     Sep 2, 2016 in Sports
Filipino junior bantamweight challenger Jerwin Ancajas isn't bothered by the negligible prize he will receive for challenging reigning IBF junior bantamweight champion McJoe Arroyo on Saturday at the Jurado Hall of the Phl Marine Corps in Taguig City.
Ancajas (24-1-1, 16 KOs), who is aiming for his first title victory, will receive a little over 10 percent share of the $25,000 pot for challenging Arroyo in the Filipino hometown court.
“I am not thinking of the prize right now, however big or small. My focus is to win the fight,” said Ancajas, who is fighting under Manny Paquiao's MP Promotions.
“Money is not important, what’s important is that we get the belt and he will be a champion,” said Joven Jimenez, manager/trainer of Ancajas. “Even if we have no purse here, we will fight,” he added.
For his part Arroyo said he will be ready for a tactical fight
“This will be a tactical fight, I will approach this round by round.” Arroyo said in the press conference after the weigh-in at the Jurado Hall of the Phl Marine Corps in Taguig City.
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. Read more:
“Villanueva is a good boxer.” Arroyo said, “He is a thinking fighter like me. It was a difficult fight, with lots of headbutts.” Arroyo added.
Arroyo, who is unbeaten in 17 pro fights, stands 5'4" has a reach of 65" with a 47 percent knockout rating while Ancajas has a 2" height advantage at 5'6" with a reach of 66." He has 62 percent knockout rating. Both fighters are southpaws.
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