Today it was announced that one of the division's most over-looked fighters would be defending his world title against one of the divisions most exciting fighters.
The bout in question will see IBF champion Jerwin Ancajas (27-1-1, 18) defending his title against Northern Irish challenger Jamie Conlan (19-0, 11), in a bout that will take place in Belfast, as part of a stacked card headlined by Carl Frampton, on November 18th
For Ancajas the bout will serve as his third defense, following stoppages against Jose Alfredo Rodriguez and Teiru Kinoshita whilst Conlan will be having his first world title fight, and taking a huge step up in the process.
For those who haven't seen the champion he is only of the most eye pleasing fighters in the sport. He's a wonderfully fluid fighter who throws lovely combinations, moves fantastically around the ring and looks to be a fighter who really loves being in the ring. If he has a flaw it's arguably his lack of power, though he has stopped 13 of his last 14, albeit by chipping often away at them rather than blowing them out of the water.
As for those whohaven't seen Conlan before, he's the brother of Michael Conlan who made his name at Rio 2016 with a 1 man....and 2 finger protest, and is arguably the sports premier action man right now. Although a talented fighter Conlan seems to make everything difficult for himself and turns everything into a war, with memorable contests against the likes of Junior Granados, Anthony Nelson and Yader Cardoza, with Conlan needing to pull himself off the canvas in all 3 of those bouts, all of which deserved to be in the running for the relevant Fight of the Year awards.
Sadly with this bout being confirmed it nows rules out the hoped IBF/WBO unification bout between Ancajas and Naoya Inoue (14-0, 12) [井上 尚弥], which Inoue's team had hoped to make for late December. It will however give British and Irish fans a chance to see the talented Ancajas on their soil, taking on a very exciting warrior, and a man who has genuinely been one of the most fun fighters to follow in recent years.