The Games and Amusements Board (GAB) toasted Jerwin 'Pretty Boy' Ancajas for successfully defending his IBF Super Flyweight belt in Belfast against hometown favorite and then undefeated James Conlan last month.
"Ancajas is unstoppable at this point. Hard work and discipline pushes Jerwin to string victories against strong contenders," GAB Chairman Abraham Kahlil "Baham" B. Mitra said. With GAB Commissioners Eduard Trinidad and Mar Masanguid, who are both Davaoeños, Baham Mitra presented Ancajas to President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday.
Ancajas' victory in Belfast, Northern Ireland over former undefeated Irish contender Jamie Conlan by TKO in the 6th Round is Pretty Boy Jerwin's third successful defence of the IBF World Super Flyweight belt. He now has a record of 28 wins, of which 19 were by Knock Outs, one draw and only one loss.
In Australia, Pretty Boy Jerwin also just very recently won handily against a world-rated Japanese fighter under the fight card of Sen. Manny Pacquiao, Chairman Mitra elaborated.
"The GAB looks forward to more victories by Filipino boxers like this reunion of fellow Davaoeños Pretty Boy Jerwin, President Duterte, our GAB Commissioners and Special Assistant to the President Bong Go. The GAB boxing commission and staff work hard to deliver support to our professional boxers as mandated," Mitra added.
"We'll double our efforts so that there will always be fellow Filipinos who'll bring home pride and glory as the most competitive boxers worldwide in all divisions where they qualify," said Mitra. The GAB was adjudged the Best Boxing Commission recently by the World Boxing Council in Azerbaijan.
"President Duterte himself is a true fan and attends fights featuring Filipinos. Ancajas' road to Malacañang brings personal pride to the President. The courtesy call highlights President Duterte’s personal recognition of a fellow Davaoeño's contribution to Philippine boxing. Jerwin's visit to Malacañang breaks the nostalgia of Heroes Hall for the glory days of Filipino boxing."