ONE Championship is expected to have its first boxing match in the Philippines soon. One of the Filipino boxers speculated to be on the card is reigning International Boxing Federation super flyweight titleholder Jerwin Ancajas, 26, of Panabo City, Davao del Norte, Philippines.
ONE Championship big boss Chatri Sityodtong attributes the promotion’s success to its content and its extremely-loyal fans that are growing in number every single day. He explained, “ONE Championship captures the essence of entertainment similar to a show in Las Vegas, but combines it with the sporting excellence of elite martial artists.”
“It also breaks the mold of being a global sports media property that is based in Asia,” Sityodtong added. His claim was supported by Ancajas, who was at ringside to watch ONE: HEROES OF HONOR live in Manila, Philippines this past April.
Ancajas commended ONE Championship’s work in its production and promotion of athletes. He said, “This is the first time I’ve watched a live mixed martial arts event.”
“I’ve always watched it on TV, but it’s a whole different experience seeing it live,” the Filipino boxing champ added. “I really had a delightful time. The production value is truly world-class.”
The Panabo City native pointed out that ONE Championship’s dive into the boxing scene would make a huge impact on the sport. He said, “ONE Championship is a huge promotion.”
“It will be good for boxing because there are only few big boxing promoters in the Philippines and in Asia,” Ancajas added. “This kind of support is needed, and should boxing have this kind of events, it will be a huge help for boxing in the region.”
Sityodtong admitted that he is fully aware of the vastness of boxing history in Asia, giving birth to boxers who left indelible legacies in the sport with the likes of Pacquiao, Gerry Peñalosa, Pancho Villa, Gabriel “Flash” Elorde, Chang Jung-Koo, Yoko Gushiken and Yuh Myung-Woo.
With ONE Championship trying its hand in boxing, Sityodtong believes that the organization will breathe new life into the sport in Asia to produce more top-notch pugilists. Meanwhile, here is Ancajas with some Team Lakay fighters: