Top Rank Announced Jerwin Ancajas’ Eighth Title Defense Against Mexican Jonathan Rodriguez


The Filipino southpaw champion Jerwin Ancajas finally had scheduled bout against the Mexican challenger Jonathan Rodriguez. The much-anticipated fight will be on the second day of November at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

The announcement of the fight from Top Rank’s press release

The Top Rank promoter announced last Tuesday that the fight of Ancajas (31-1-2, 21 KOs) will be against Rodriguez (21-1, 15 KOs) for the IBF World Junior Bantamweight title.

This Ancajas’ eighth title defense made him the currently most active and one of boxing’s longest-reigning titleholder in his division.

“I am looking forward to this fight because Rodriguez brings the Mexican style to his fights, and Mexican and Filipinos make the best fights,” said Ancajas, 27, during the press release. “I want to thank Top Rank, Senator Manny Pacquiao, and my manager, Joven Jimenez, for their continued support. It is going to be a war, and to my Filipino fans, I look forward to putting on a show for you in Carson.”

“I plan on taking full advantage of this opportunity,” Rodriguez, 24, said. “Ancajas is a great champion, but my time is now. It is time for a new face at 115 pounds.”

Fight against winning-streak fighters


The Filipino pride Ancajas is already on the 18-fight winning streak. He’s looking forward to his 19th against the Mexican contender. His most recent fight (fourth day of May) was an eight-round knockout victory against Ryuichi Funai.

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Rodriguez, on the other hand, could be an equally dangerous fighter having a five winning streak. Among these five wins, four ended in knockouts. Considered the best win of his career was his 10th-round knockout victory against the two-time world title challenger Felipe Orucuta.

The return of Alex Saucedo

One of the highlights of the November event is the return of Alex Saucedo from his first-ever defeat against Maurice Hooker. Oklahoma City’s Saucedo (28-1, 18 KOs) planned to regain his glory against Rod Salka in an eight-round super lightweight bout.

Salka (24-5, 4 KOs), last fought from April 2008 knockout lost against the champion Francisco Vargas. However, before his match against Vargas, he already had a five-in-a-row winning streak.

Source: Top Rank

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