Jerwin 'Pretty Boy' Ancajas returns to BoxNation on Saturday when he makes the seventh defence of his IBF Super-Flyweight Title against Japan’s Ryuichi Funai.
In most fights he has looked for real and in 2017 was voted Philippine Sportswriters Association's 'Athlete of the Year' - some achievement when you’re up against Manny Pacquiao.
He was held to a draw by Alejandro Santiago Barrios in his last defence, but is determined to show against mandatory challenger Funai that he is the daddy of the 115lb division.
Here’s BoxNation factfile on the Filipino star:
- Born: Panabo City, Davao del Norte, Philippines
- Resides: Barangay Ramirez, Magallanes, Cavite, Philippines
- Date of Birth: 1/1/92
- Height: 5ft 6in
- Pro Record: 30-1-2 (20 KOs)
1) He is the first World Champion promoted by Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, and is now co-promoted by the fighting legend with Top Rank.
2) When the southpaw won his title against McJoe Arroyo at the Philippine Navy Gym in Taguig, admission was free for fans. He earned just £2,800 for that fight.
3) He is the youngest of three children. The family survived on his father Caesar’s earnings from working at a banana plantation.
4) Ancajas provides for his family and bought a house for his father from the £30,000 he earned for his first defence against Jose Alfredo Rodriguez.
5) He is used to travelling and although he's fought 23 times in the Philippines, he has boxed five times in China, three times in the United States, and once in Australia and Northern Ireland.
6) Jerwin is a reservist Chief Petty Officer in the Filipino navy and is allowed to use their facilities, so trained at a Marine base in Cavite for Saturday’s fight.
7) The 27-year-old started to box at the age of nine when his brother took him to the gym for the first time. It is claimed he has a 90-5 amateur record.
8) He lives with his partner, Ruth Balaoing, and has two sons, four-year-old Kyrie Ancajas, and two-year-old Kyle Ancajas, who were named after NBA players Kyle Korver and Kyrie Irving.
9) Jerwin is undefeated in 18 fights – 17-0-1 with 15 knockouts – since his only loss by 10-round majority decision in March 2012 against Mark Geraldo.
10) He blames a struggle making weight for the draw in last year’s defence against Alejandro Santiago Barrios, and has now teamed up with dietitian Jeaneth Aro to make sure this weekend’s potential banana skin goes smoothly.