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Gibbons hoping for the best for Ancajas’ Japan bout amid travel restrictions


Jerwin Ancajas IBF super flyweight

FILE –Filipino boxer Jerwin Ancajas. AFP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons said the upcoming title unification bout between Jerwin Ancajas and Kazuto Ioka in Tokyo, Japan is still pushing as of the moment.

“All good so far,” said Gibbons Friday in a message to Inquirer.

Ancajas, who holds the IBF super flyweight title, is set for unification against WBO champion Ioka on December 31 in what would be the Filipino’s 10th defense of his strap.

Japan recently closed its borders due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and that led to the postponement of the middleweight unification bout between IBF and IBO champion Gennady Golovkin and Ryoto Murata which was set for December 29 at Saitama Super Arena.

Gibbons, however, said they’re still set to fly to Japan on the 11th.

“Hoping for the best,” said Gibbons.

Ancajas (33-1-2) is carrying a three-fight winning streak and has been unbeaten in 21 matches while Ioka (27-2-0) won his last four fights and his previous loss was in 2018 when he lost via split decision to Donnie Nietes.

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