Would Jerwin Ancajas Facing Iran Diaz Make Sense?

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Iran Diaz (Photo: Iran Diaz | ONE Championship photo )

Jerwin Ancajas is coming off a not-so-impressive performance against Alejandro Santiago, a draw that many did not expect. It was a performance that drew plenty of criticism with the Filipino boxer seemingly far from the impressive fights he has so far racked up prior.

Both camps claim victory and the best way is to probably target a rematch. Nothing has been set in stone as of to date, meaning both need to move on and target other names for the time being.

As far as “Pretty Boy” Ancajas is concerned, the Filipino pug is set to grace ONE: Kingdom of Heroes this weekend at Bangkok, Thailand. This means that his original plan of watching Thai champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai will push through with most anticipating a potential clash.

But based on his fight with Santiago, critics feel that Ancajas needs to recall his old fiery form first. Should a card be set, he may get more than what he bargained for with odds expected to be in the favor of Rungvisai. Although the clash is expected to rack in revenue, the Filipino boxer from Panabo City, Davao Del Norte may want to re-think this plan if it is indeed on his agenda.

Then again, he could consider facing Rungvisai’s opponent - Iran Diaz. Seen as one of the rising fighters in the sport of boxing, “MagnifiKO” is a formidable opponent. Also, he does have Juan Manuel Marquez in his side that makes him an unpredictable foe for anyone who dares to step in the ring.

A potential scenario would be to see Ancajas face Diaz. An upset win by the Mexican could twist the script a bit and divert the Filipino camp’s attention his way.

Should this happen, it would be a dream come true for Diaz. He considers “Pretty Boy” as one of the Filipino pugs likely to succeed Manny Pacquiao. This was backed by his coach, Alfonso Nava Carillo who singled out Ancajas’ lightning-quick speed as his deadliest asset, Manila Bulletin Sports Online said.

But just like in any sport, boxing does offer windows of opportunities. The odds may not favor Diaz considering he faces Rungvisai with his home crowd cheering him on. Regardless, the Mexican fighter is unfazed, Yahoo said.

“I’m going to Rungvisai’s home, but at the end of the day, in the ring, there will be him and me with a pair of gloves. Nothing more,” he said. “We’re going to test each other, and the one with more hunger and the best preparation will be the winner.”

Should he pull off the win, will Ancajas now consider facing “MagnifiKO” instead?

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