By Ronnie Nathanielsz
By all accounts Filipino southpaw Jerwin Ancajas faces a tough fight when he meets Puerto Rico’s unbeaten IBF super flyweight champion McJoe Arroyo at the Jurado Hall of the Philippine Marine Corps in Barangay Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on Saturday.
Admission is free courtesy of eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao of MP Promotions.
Ancajas told BoxingScene.com/The Standard that he is in shape and has no problem making the weight for the battle of southpaws although there have been claims that he hasn’t trained as hard as he should have for a title fight against a talented Puerto Rican who has a record of 17-0 with 8 knockouts.
McJoe Arroyo trains at the Elorde Gym on Sucat Road and according to Liza Elorde’s son Miguel “Bai” Elorde , Arroyo runs every morning and works out at the gym in the afternoon.
Elorde said Arroyo sometimes looks awkward but is “a really good puncher” and could give Ancajas a rough time.
The former trainer of Ancajas, Nonoy Neri told The Standard that Ancajas was “ lazy “ when it comes to training and even predicted that he would lose.
However, Joven Jimenez who has been handling Ancajas since last April insists the F ilipino is in good shape and ready to win the title from Arroyo who won the vacant title by a 10th round technical decision over ALA Promotions King Arthur Villanueva at the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso, Texas on July 18, last year.
Ancajas who has an impressive record of 16 knockouts in 24 wins with 1 loss and one draw is a puncher and most fight fans give him a puncher’s chance against McJoe Arroyo.
We spoke to Ancajas and he told us he hadn’t even watched a fight tape of Arroyo which is considered unusual for a challenger preparing for a title fight.
Internationally known promoter and matchmaker Sampson Lewkowicz who won the purse bid for MP Promotions said that was his only role.
The Standard understands that Arroyo’s handlers didn’t wish to fight in Manila because of the purse which was only $25,000 for both boxers with the champion under current rules, entitled to 75% but that threatened with being stripped of the title and offered 90% of the purse he decided to take the fight which means that Ancajas would only receive $2,500 unless Pacquiao, out of his generosity adds to the purse of the Filipino challenger.