If American Matchmaker Sean Gibbons will have his way, he would prefer more combative opponents like Thai SorRungvisai and Jun Francisco Estrada against whom, he said, would give his pupil a better opportunity to get his offense going.
Assessing the fight, Gibbons said Ancajas was more interested in pressing the fight while Santiago just tried to “steal” the fight by throwing punches in spurts.
“We’re still focused on the big fights, to unify,” Gibbons asserted. “I can’t pin it down to one thing, I still go back to styles. I still think Jerwin can look impressive against the right guy.”
The Filipino champ, for his part, said he’s agreeable to a rematch, adding, “I’m ready to fight Estrada or SorRungvisai. Different boxers, different opponents, different styles. Yeah, maybe a rematch is good so I could prove I can defeat Santiago,” he told media men during post-fight interview in his dressing room.
“All I’m grateful for is the belt is still with me. Whether I just got a draw with Santiago, the bottom line is I’m still the champion,” Ancajas skid.
Ancajas admitted lack of scouting could be the cause of is poor performance, adding it was he who was surprised by Santiago’s showing. “Although I didn’t feel Santiago’s power, he showed mobility which we didn’t see in their video review of his previous fight.
“I was surprised by his change of style because we were studying and reviewing his past fight videos. He really played different from how he fought before,” he admitted.
I had a hard time getting the right timing to get the knockout because I really have a hard time fighting against shorter opponents.”
Chief trainer Joven Jimenez admitted, too, they came out seeking the knockout instead of working to set it up, but still thought Ancajas’ aggressiveness, especially in the final two rounds, were enough to earn his boy seven rounds to five decision.
“We’re surprised because when we saw in his previous fights, he’s slow. But he was improved, his punches were short, his timing was there,” said Jimenez.
Santiago said Ancajas’ camp overlooked him because of his underwhelming record. Though he feels he won the fight he still respected his opponent.
“He (Ancajas) was a little too tentative,” promoter, Bob Arum, onth other hand, assessed. “We’re gonna do a rematch with them.”
Asked whether the possibility of doing fights with SorRungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada, remains, Arum only said “we’ll see.”