Jerwin Ancajas (33-1-2, 22 KOs), of Panabo City, Philippines, and Kazuto Ioka (27-2, 15 KOs), of Tokyo, Japan, will set up their dukes and their respective world of IBF junior bantamweight. and WBO titles, when they face off in a unification battle for the world title on Saturday, December 31 at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo.
Promoted by Shisei Boxing Gym, Manny Pacquiao’s MP promotions, TGB promotions and Knucklehead boxing promotions, Ancajas vs. Ioka – the New Year’s test to be the best in the 115-pound division – will be the Philippines’ final chapter. -Boxing rivalry in Japan.
Both Warriors have a combined record of 60-3-2 (37 KOs) – a 92% winning percentage in pounds sterling with a 62% win per KO ratio.
This will be the 10th title defense for Ancajas, who has reigned as the IBF junior bantamweight champion since 2016. The ultimate road warrior, fighting in the backyard of his opponents is nothing new for Ancajas who made title defenses in Macau, Brisbane, Belfast, Mexico, the Philippines and across the United States. He will have his hands full against Ioka, a four-division world champion who has held world titles in minimum weight, junior flyweight, flyweight and junior bantamweight since 2011.
“This is my dream fight! I waited six years for a signature fight to prove to everyone in boxing that I am one of the best 115 pounds in the world, ”said Ancajas. “I’ve been to Japan, I’ve trained in the past, and I love the Japanese and the boxing fans are some of the best in the world. They respect all fighters and encourage the best man to win. “
“I have worked with Jerwin since he was ten years old. I am very happy that the fight has finally taken place, ”said Joven Jimenez, manager and trainer of Ancajas. “My goal, since Jerwin won the IBF World Title in 2016, has been to give him a major title unification fight. We have worked so hard for this moment, and we will not be denied. “
“We are very happy that Jerwin Ancajas, one of our first world champions, is given this great opportunity to unify his IBF title with the WBO title,” said Sean Gibbons, president of MP Promotions. “Jerwin has waited a long time for this type of fight and on December 31 he will ring in the New Year as the NEW IBF and WBO Bantamweight Junior World Champion!”