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Ancajas defends title in Daly City

By Nick Giongco

World champion Jerwin Ancajas US tour travels to the San Francisco Bay Area in October, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said yesterday.


Arum, who heads Top Rank, told the Bulletin that Daly City, where there is a large concentration of Filipinos reside, is being eyed to host Ancajas’ sixth defense of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight crown.

Located just outside San Francisco, Daly City’s population is 33 percent Filipino and Arum certainly wants to pack the venue that will host Ancajas’ choice defense against an opponent “that will be decided in the coming weeks,” said the New York-born promoter.

The most likely venue that will be used to play host would be the the 77-year-old Cow Palace, which can accommodate about 15,000 for a boxing show, since it is located in Daly City.

During its early years and up until the 1980s, it hosted boxing and among the most notable fighters who saw action there include Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson and Flash Elorde, who fought there thrice.

Ancajas’ recent fight, a clear-cut points win over mandatory challenger Jonas Sultan, though held on California soil, took place in the retirement city of Fresno, an agricultural city between San Francisco and Los Angeles.