International Boxing Federation super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas revealed that challenger Jamie Conlan of Ireland trash-talked him ahead of their championship fight last November 18 in Belfast and compared him unfavorably to the other 115 lb. champions.
“Before the fight, Conlan told me I was the weakest champion,” the 25-year-old Ancajas told ESPN5. “On my way to the ring, that was the first time I experienced that level of booing. I just laughed at them and calmed myself down and focused on the fight.”
Ancajas (28-1-1, 19 KOs) had the last laugh, though, as he totally outclassed Conlan, dropping him four times in a one-sided bout that ended with the Filipino champion winning via technical knockout in the sixth round. With a huge hometown crowd cheering him on, Conlan bravely tried to fight back throughout the bout but it was clear he wasn’t on Ancajas’ level.
“I was so happy with what happened,” Ancajas said. “We didn’t think that would be the result. I thought he would just run and run.
“After the first round I already figured out his style. I felt I could beat him.”
The super flyweight (sometimes called junior bantamweight) division is one of the deepest in boxing, with several highly skilled champions and contenders competing. Aside from Ancajas, the division counts Japan’s Naoya “Monster Inoue (WBO), Khalid Yafai of England (WBA), and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand (WBC) as its belt holders. Then there are quality challengers in Juan Francisco Estrada, Carlos Cuadras, and former pound-for-pound king Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzales.
It’s a deep division, and Ancajas, the first Manny Pacquiao-promoted fighter to win a world title, has his sights trained on his fellow champions as he seeks to stake his claim as the country’s best boxer.
“I’m ready to fight any of my fellow champions. Given a chance, I’d like to fight Inoue because he’s moving up the pound for pound list,” he revealed. He also said he wouldn’t say no to a clash with Rungvisai, who shocked the sport by dethroning Gonzales and then brutally knocking him out in their rematch.
Ancajas, one of three Filipino world champions along with Donnie Nietes and Milan Melindo, will next see action on February 3 in Dallas as he defends his title against Mexican Israel Gonzalez.