IBF junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas will put his title on the line against countryman Jonas Sultan.

Anjacas set for historic title defense vs Sultan
Dino Maragay (philstar.com) - March 13, 2018 - 11:56am

MANILA, Philippines – IBF junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas will defend his title on April 14 against countryman Jonas Sultan, the first time two Filipinos will clash for a world title in almost a century.

Anjacas will take on Sultan, the mandatory challenger for his title, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & in Las Vegas.

“Yes po, tuloy na tuloy na po (Yes, the fight is really a go),” Ancajas’ chief handler Joven Jimenez told Philstar.com in a text message.

This will be the first time in over 90 years that two Filipinos will clash for a world title. The last instance was on May 2, 1925, when boxing great Francisco Guilledo, popularly known as “Pancho Villa,” defended his flyweight crown against Clever Sencio in Manila.

“Magandang laban po ‘to (This will be a great fight),” said Jimenez, adding that they won’t take the ALA Promotions-handled Sultan lightly.

The 26-year-old Ancajas (29-1-1, with 20 KOs) seeks to further build on the momentum of his rousing US debut just last month when he knocked out Israel Vazquez in his fourth title defense. It was the first of the Cavite City-based boxer’s three-fight deal with Top Rank Inc.

Ancajas has been staying in shape at his “Survival Camp” training base in Magallanes, Cavite, in anticipation of a call-up for a title defense.

International matchmaker Sean Gibbons, who represents Ancajas, is reportedly on his way Manila to formally announce the fight.

For his part, Sultan (14-3, with 9 KOs) earned the right to challenge Ancajas after outpointing fellow Filipino and former IBF flyweight titlist John Riel Casimero last year.

Jimenez said they are wary of the Cebu-based Sultan’s knockout power.

“Malakas po ang suntok niya at magaling po (Sultan punches hard and he’s good),” he said.

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