Ancajas’ potential unification fight foe Yafai wants to be division ‘top man’
MANILA, Philippines – Bigger things are coming for International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight titleholder Jerwin Ancajas. And it wouldn't be far-fetched to see him adding another title to his name.
After retaining his IBF belt in a 12-round unanimous decision win over compatriot Jonas Sultan, Ancajas (30-1-1, 20 knockouts) could be heading into a potential unification bout against World Boxing Association (WBA) king Khalid Yafai (24-0, 15 KOs).
The two 115-lb stars saw action on separate fights that served as headliners for the Top Rank card held at the Save Mart Arena in Fresno, California on Sunday, May 27 (Philippine time).
If the stars align, the Filipino champion could be locking horns with the Briton soon, but Ancajas is leaving the negotiations to his promoters.
"I have seen Yafai fight and he's a good fighter but I still have to wait for my manager and promoter what will be the next fight," said the 26-year-old southpaw from Panabo City after the bout.
Even Yafai, prior to facing Carmona, told SkySports that a "unification could be next" as he seeks to "establish myself as the top man in the division."
Ancajas went the distance for the first time since 2016 but still won convincingly with scores of 119-109, 119-109, 117-111, while Yafai dropped David Carmona 4 times before the challenger threw in the towel after 7 rounds of action.
With Ancajas guaranteed another 2018 fight after he signed a two-year contract with Top Rank last December, facing Yafai with the WBA belt at stake could highlight another colorful year of boxing for the new Filipino ring star. – Rappler.com