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From Page 24 Jimenez said Rungvi­sai is tai­lor­fit for An­ca­jas. “Malak­ing chance ni Jer­win manalo kasi madal­ing tamaan si Rungvi­sai,” he said. “Pagha­han­daan namin siya.” For An­ca­jas, it will be his last fight at su­per­fly­weight as he plans to move up to 118 pounds.

Last month, An­ca­jas was held to a split 12-round draw by Mex­i­can chal­lenger Ale­jan­dro San­ti­ago in the sixth de­fense of his IBF belt. He com­plained of cramps start­ing the fifth round and pain in his right ham­string ham­pered his abil­ity to ex­e­cute his of­fense. An­ca­jas, how­ever, re­fused to make it an ex­cuse for fail­ing to win.

A week be­fore the weigh-in for the San­ti­ago fight, An­ca­jas was five over the 115-pound limit. He was within a frac­tion of the limit two days be­fore the weigh-in. In pre­vi­ous fights, he was 10 over the limit a week be­fore and made weight just in time for the weigh-in. An­ca­jas wanted to make sure he wouldn’t go over­weight for San­ti­ago but paid the price for it as his body was drained early and couldn’t re­cover or re­hy­drate for the fight. An­ca­jas said weight wouldn’t be a prob­lem if he jumps to the ban­tamweight divi­sion but there is one more mis­sion to ac­com­plish – beat Rungvi­sai to unify the 115-pound ti­tle.

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