Ancajas becomes first Pinoy pug to receive Walcott award


Macau: Reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas became the first Filipino boxer to receive the prestigious Jersey Joe Walcott Award on Thursday during the 36th IBF annual convention at the Wynn Palace grandball room in Cotai here.

“We are extremely proud of Jerwin, he is a throwback to older times. He fights often, and I mean he defended his title seven times. You don’t see fighters these days with that intensity in the fight as much as Jerwin does,” IBF President Daryl Peoples told The Manila Times after the awarding ceremony.

The IBF board has chosen Ancajas for the award not only because of his pugilistic prowess but also because of his character.

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IBF President Daryl Peoples (third from left) poses for a photo with Jersey Joe Walcott awardee Jerwin Ancajas of the Philippines (fourth from left) during the IBF’s 36th Annual Convention on Thursday at the grand ball room of Wynn Palace in Cotai, Macau. Also in the photo are IBF championship chairman Carlos Ortiz, IBF rating chairman Anibal Miramontes, international matchmaker Sean Gibbons and trainer/manager Joven Jimenez. PHOTO BY JOSEF RAMOS

“I believe he is the first Filipino to win the Jersey Joe Walcott award so that makes it extra special and again we couldn’t be more proud of Jerwin. Coming from the Philippines where there are so many great champions, I’m sure that it is part of his motivation. I think in the next few years, people are going to speak for him as references as world champion. Jerwin is hot right now.”

Ancajas joined the elite circle of recipients of the Jersey Joe Walcott Award among them IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby (2018), former IBF middleweight champion Gennedy Golovkin (2017), Amnat Ruenroeng (2016), featherweight Evgeny Gradovich (2015), light heavyweight Bernard Hopkins (2014) and heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko (2013).

“As what I’ve told you before we are super proud of him and we’re expecting big, big things from him. He got a bright future ahead of him,” added Peoples, who also handed the Most Dominant Boxer in Asia award to Japanese IBF bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue.

“We have two of the hottest fighters right now in boxing in Jerwin and Inoue.”

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Ancajas, 27, has defended his title for the seventh time via seventh round technical knockout of Ryuichi Funai on May 4 in Stockton, California.

“He stays active, a very active champion and genuinely nice individual. He is a perfect representative of the IBF in the sport of boxing. So we’re glad that we have Jerwin as our champion. We really appreciate how Jerwin represents the IBF,” said Peoples.

The award was named after the late world heavyweight champion Jersey Joe Walcott who competed from 1930 to 1953. After his boxing career, Walcott became a referee and appeared in a few movies. He was elected Sheriff of Camden County New Jersey from 1971 to 1974.

Ancajas (31-1-2 win-loss-draw record with 21 knockouts) said the award is a gift from God.

“God gave me a wonderful gift. It is a rare opportunity to receive a Jersey Joe Walcott award,” said Ancajas.

The Panabo, Davao del Norte native captured his first IBF world title on September 2016 by beating Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo via unanimous decision in Taguig City.

He was joined in the awarding rites by his trainer and manager Joven Jimenez, staff Mark Lantayao and international matchmaker Sean Gibbons.

Claressa Shields was named Female Fighter of the Year and the Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington bout was named Fight of the Year.

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