Jerwin Ancajas Could Face Fernando Martinez Next

Jerwin Ancajas has a possible fight with Fernando Martinez

IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas wearing his title belt, Fernando Martinez strikes a fighting pose
Jerwin Ancajas (left), Fernando Martinez

Jerwin Ancajas has a possible fight with Fernando Martinez

The boxing community was disappointed when the traditional end-of-year mega-unification between IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas (33-1-2, 22ko) and WBO champion Kazuto Ioka (27-2, 15ko) was called off. It now seems that Ancajas could fight IBF #13 ranked Fernando “Pumita” Martinez (13-0, 8ko).


The Ioka cancellation was due to a decision made by the Japanese government to disallow any outside visitors due to the new Omicron COVID-19 variant. In an attempt to save his traditional fight date, Ioka will be moving forward with replacement fighter Ryoji Fukunaga.

According to Philstar Global, the Filipino champion is looking for a new dance partner, which could be the 30-year-old from Argentina. Ancajas sent shockwaves in the boxing community after leaving Top Rank to sign with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions brand.

“Jerwin is fighting with PBC. He is with PBC as long as they want him.”

Sean Gibbons, President of MP (Manny Pacquiao) Promotions

Pretty boy made his debut under the new PBC flagship on the undercard of Jaron “Boots” Ennis and Sergey Lipinets on April 10. In addition, he is the longest-reigning champion of the division, and a unification fight would have been that signature fight that is missing from his resume.


Boxing fans will naturally assume that Martinez is easy work for the IBF champion. Yes, it is easy to feel that way when you look at his resume. He has fought primarily in his home country against the lower-tier competition, but he has an extensive amateur background.

Pumita is a 2016 Olympian and has fought in the famous World Series of Boxing for about seven years. So, he comes well-groomed and he is a come-forward, aggressive fighter that likes going to the body. Moreover, he likes to build off the jab, using his footwork to create an opening.

Martinez tends to load up on the right hand and needs to work on that head movement. He attacks recklessly at times with his head on the centerline, which leaves him open for counters.

This year in boxing has produced several upsets on the championship level. Martinez is in the perfect position to seize the moment like many others have this year. 3kingsboxing will continue to monitor this situation for further development.

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By: Garrisson Bland

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Garrisson Bland - Head of Public Relations/Senior Journalist. Garrisson is the Head of Public relations for as well as a senior writer. He is also the host of YouTube boxing show "Truth And Facts Sports Talk."