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Ancajas books Wild Card stint

Nick Giongco

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Jerwin Ancajas’ buildup for the ninth defense of his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight crown intensifies as he begins thrice-a-week sparring sessions at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood.

The Filipno southpaw is set to face Jonathan Rodriguez of Mexico on 17 April at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, his first fight since stopping Chilean Miguel Gonzalez in Puebla, Mexico, in December 2019.

Since relocating to Los Angeles in October last year, Ancajas has been unable to get a fight date because his US arrival came in a bit late.

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has just kicked off his 2021 program and the word is out that Ancajas will be featured next month.

He was supposed to make a defense of the IBF 115-lb title on 11 April 2020 in Las Vegas but it was scrapped owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

Also with Ancajas in the US are chief trainer and manager Joven Jimenez and former foe Jonas Sultan and MP Promotions stablemate Eumir Marcial.

Their needs are being taken care of by MP Promotions head Sean Gibbons.

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