MANILA — World junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas said it would be an honor to be pitted against reigning pound-for-pound king Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez of Nicaragua.
Ancajas, who successfully defended his IBF junior bantamweight crown by stopping Jose Alfredo Rodriguez last Sunday, said Gonzalez is the most sought-after opponent in their weight class.
“Sa timbang po namin ang pinaka-dream fight po ay si Roman Gonzales. Kahit sino namang tanungin sa timbang namin kung sino ang gusto nila si Roman Gonzales po,” said Ancajas during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at Golden Phoenix Hotel in Pasay City on Tuesday
“Kung may pagkakataon po na makakalaban ko, napakalaking karangalan ko na po na matapat sa kanya.”
(You talk to anybody on our weight class, Roman Gonzales is the guy they want to fight. If there's an opportunity, it would be a great honor to share the ring with him.)
Gonzalez is the reigning WBC super flyweight champion and is the first boxer from Nicaragua to win world titles in 4 weight classes.
He owns a perfect career record of 46-0, 38 of his wins coming by way of knockout.
When asked if he’s ready for a champion of Gonzalez's caliber, Ancajas, who is managed by Manny Pacquiao's MP Promotions, said it all depends on their preparations.
“Kaya naman po basta may tyaga sa training, kaya si Gonzales (Anything is possible if you train hard, even beating Gonzales),” he said.
The 25-year-old Panabo City native returned to the country on Monday following his successful title defense in Macau.
Ancajas lived up to his billing as “Pretty Boy” as his face showed no trace of injury despite going through seven rounds against his Mexican challenger.
“Nahirapan din po lalo na noong unang round. Binigla nya ko, sumugod agad siya,” narrated the champion. “Buti na lang at nag-ingat at nakapag-adjust kami.”
(It was tough especially in the first round. He came at me fast, but it's a good thing we were able to adjust.)
Ancajas, who won the title from Puerto Rico’s McJoe Arroyo last September, unloaded powerful combinations to Rodriguez’s body followed by a vicious right hook in the second round.
He continued to punish Rodriguez with power jab-straights until the ring doctor deemed the Mexican unfit to continue due to a badly hurt shoulder in the 7th round.
Ancajas improved his record to 27-1-1 with 17 knockouts.
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