Next for him is a mandatory defense on May 26th against countryman Jonas Sultan (14-3, 9), in a bout set to be held the US.
The bout will be the 5th defense by the champion and it will see him taking on a Filipino for the first time since his November 2015 victory over Paul Apolinario, a win which has been followed by a 5-0 (4) run at world level. Interestingly Ancajas is riding a 16-0 (15) unbeaten run at the moment, dating back to majority decision loss to Mark Anthony Geraldo way back in March 2012.
As for the challenger Sultan comes into this bout on a strong run of his own, with 5 straight wins, including stoppages on the road over Tatsuya Ikemizu, in Japan, and Makazole Tete in South Africa, and notable victories in the Philippines over Sonny Boy Jaro and John Riel Casimero. He has looked really good in his recent wins and has earned this title fight on the back of the win over Casimero, in what was an IBF world title eliminator.
Interesting the same card is set to feature WBA champion Khalid Yafai (23-0, 14), who defends his title against Mexican challenger David Carmona (21-5-5, 9), who is best known for losing a wide decision to a Naoya Inoue in 2016. Since facing Inoue Carmona has gone 2-1 (1) with losses to Carlos Cuadras and Daniel Lozano. Yafai willis seeking is third defense, following victories over Suguru Muranaka and Sho Ishida. The long term plan is to have the winners of the two bouts face off in a world title unification bout.