Jerwin Ancajas v Jonathan Rodriguez Canceled!
Unfortunately, the upcoming prizefight between Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas (31-1-2, 21 KO’s) and Jonathon Rodriguez has been called-off. The fight was meant to decide the fate of Ancajas’ IBF super flyweight title.
Had the bout proceeded, on the Berchelt v Sosa undercard, it would have marked Ancajas’ eighth defense of the belt. Pretty Boy won the belt from McJoe Arroyo (18-3, 8 KO’s) and has maintained the strap for three straight years.
Apparently, Rodriguez was not going to be able to show due to complications in receiving a Visa to travel. The only bit of good news in this situation for Team Ancajas was learning that he should be able to defend his title in Mexico on December 7. Although who this opponent would be is as yet to be determined.
Rather than seeing Ancajas face Rodriguez, in Mexico or America, many would have preferred that Pretty Boy provide a rematch to Alejandro Santiago Barrios (20-2-5, 10 KO’s). The two staged an action-packed rumble back on September 28, 2018, which ended in a three-way draw on the judges’ scorecards.
Judge Chris Wilson ruled 114-114, while Michael Tate had 116-112 for Ancajas and Marshall Walker had the match 111-118 in favor of Barrios. Given the pace of the prizefight and the judge’s radically different scorecards this is a fight that would have been openly welcomed.
As far as the Berchelt v Sosa card is concerned, super lightweights Javier “El Intocable” Molina (20-2, 8 KO’s) versus Hiroki Okada (19-1, 13 KO’s) will be elevated to the co-main event. Molina will be looking to extend the three-fight win streak that he is currently enjoying. His opponent, Okada, is attempting to bounce back from ninth-round stoppage at the hands of veteran boxer Raymundo Beltran (36-9-1, 22 KO’s).
By: Bakari Simpson