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FILE–Fernando Martinez (left) body kicks IBF superweight champion Jerwin Ancajas during a title fight at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 26, 2022. Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines – Jerwin Ancajas seeks redemption in the smallweight division for deciding to gain weight from the superweight.

The former IBF junior bantamweight champion announced Wednesday that he has decided to hit 118 pounds for his home fight in February 2023, alongside trainer Joven Jimenez and trainer Sean Gibbons.

“Yung pinaplano next year in February, at a lalaban at 118. “Sana palarin tayo sa 118 horse makabalik tayo,” Ancajas said in a video. “Pagsisikapan pan natin makaahon at makakuha you ulit ng title fight.”

(I will make my 118th league debut in February next year. We will do our best to rise again, hoping to fight for the title again.)

The 30-year-old boxer lost his rematch against Argentina’s Fernando Martinez by unanimous decision on October 8 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

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It was Ancaja’s first back-to-back losses in his career, giving Martinez the IBF Junior Bantamweight title in Las Vegas last February.

Holding the 33-2-3 win-draw-loss record with 22 knockouts, Ancajas has been looking forward to fighting again in the Philippines since its last championship victory over McJoe Arroyo in Taguig on September 3, 2016.

“Coach and Sir Sean are still trying to locate my fight. Since it’s been a long time since my last game in the Philippines, I’ll be back to practice right away,” Ancajas said in Filipino.

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