By Nick Giongco
Mexican challenger Jonathan Rodriguez feels he has started to get tired of seeing Jerwin Ancajas standing on top of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight division.
And Rodriguez believes it is time to change the landscape of the IBF 115-lb class, which he intends to do on Nov. 2 when he battles Ancajas at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
“I plan on taking full advantage of this opportunity,” Rodriguez said from his training camp in Mexico a day after Ancajas hosted an open workout in San Antonio, Zambales.
“Ancajas is a great champion, but my time is now. It is time for a new face at 115 pounds,” said Rodriguez, who brings to the ring a 21-1 record with 15 KOs.
Ancajas, holder of a 31-1 mark with 21 KOs, has been the champion since Sept. 2016 and is making the eighth title defense.
One of four reigning Filipino world champions, Ancajas is coming off an emphatic seventh-round knockout of Japanese mandatory challenger Ryuichi Funai last May in Stockton.
Team Ancajas leaves for Los Angeles on Oct. 18 with the southpaw’s chief trainer and manager Joven Jimenez leading the four-man party. Joining them are nutritionist Jeanth Aro and Alvin Go, the team’s official photographer.