At the start of November IBF Super Flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (31-1-2, 21) saw a scheduled title defense against Jonathan Javier Rodriguez (21-1, 15) fall through at late notice, following issues securing Rodriguez a visa. It seems that the champion has already bounced back from that disappointment, and now set for his next defense, which will now come in December.
The once beaten Filipino is now set to defend his title against Chilean foe Miguel Gonzalez (31-2, 8) on December 7th in Puebla, Mexico on a Top Rank show.
As with the previously arranged bout this will be Ancajas's 8th defense, but also like the Rodriguez fight it's a disappointing one. Whilst there is some excuse there, given the relatively short notice for an opponent, it does feel like Ancajas is being kept away from quality and well known name opponents, which is really disappointing given fighters like Andrew Moloney, Francisco Rodriguez Jr and Froilan Saludar are all knocking on the door of a big fight.
The 30 year old Gonzalez, who will be fighting in his first world title fight, has been beaten in his two steps up in class. In 2013 he was widely beaten by Englishman Paul Butler, and earlier this year he was stopped by the aforementioned Andrew Moloney, in a WBA world title eliminator.
Although it's great to see Chile have a rare world title contender this is not a bout that has us particularly excited. It looks like another straight forward win for the talented, but frustrating, Ancajas, who really should be demanding so much more from Top Rank at this point in his career.
Credit for breaking this belong to @BarbosaBox who has also added that it will be shown on TV Azteca in Mexico and ESPN+ in the USA.
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