LOS ANGELES — After barely escaping with his IBF flyweight last weekend in Oakland, California in the U.S., surviving with a split draw against a plucky Alejandro Rojas Barrios, Jerwin Ancajas went to suburban Praket some 17 kilometers from Bangkok,Thailand.
The Filipino champ was at ringside to watch Srisaket Sor Rungvisai beat challenger Iran Diaz via unanimous decision to keep his WBC Super Flyweight belt.
Although Ancajas was not an active participant in the Saturday night card, he made the travel to extend a personal request to the Thai knockout artist:
“I want you next.”
No word yet if the blockbuster dance will come to fruition, but if it does, it will be one of the biggest fights between two small men.
Rungvisai rose to boxing prominence when he beat legendary Nicaraguan Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez twice last year. including a brutal knockout in their September 9 rematch.
The 31-year old Thai (47-4-1, 41 KOs), a murderous puncher with power in both hands, then cemented his fame by carving out a decision win over the mighty Juan Francisco Estrada to fame by knocking out Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez last September and then beat Juan Francisco Estrada last February 24.
The 26-year old Ancajas (30-1-2) wrested the IBF belt from McJoe Arroyo via a hard-earned unanimous decision in Taguig City in the Philippines last September 3, 2016.
But after pointing out how Ancajas was a bit dehydrated in his quest to make-weight last week, his trainer, Jowen Jimenez, thinks that Jerwin has outgrown his division. And that’s why the Filipino from Davao us moving three pounds worth.
And what better to welcome the division than facing Rungvisai in a fight that will attract attention and some serious dollars.