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Jerwin Ancajas promising aggression against Santiago

The super flyweight titleholder returns Friday.

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Jerwin Ancajas is set to defend his IBF super flyweight title again on Friday night against Alejandro Santiago, live on ESPN+, and the 26-year-old Filipino flatly says he’s looking to make it up to fans for his last fight.

In his last outing, Ancajas (30-1-1, 20 KO) mostly had to grind out a win over countryman Jonas Sultan, going the 12-round distance in a fight that just never meshed, never clicked for entertainment.

“We’re preparing hard to have a better performance in this fight. Coach Joven (Jimenez) said we will be more aggressive. We really want to make up for the last fight.”

Ancajas is not a boring fighter by nature, so you can put some stock into this. Add in the fact that Santiago (16-2-4, 7 KO) is not a big threat on paper, and we may indeed see Ancajas looking to thrill early. Now if Santiago proves capable of standing up to that potential aggression and making a fight of it, that could change.