Earlier this week Top Rank announced that they had agreed a deal to promote Filipino Jerwin Ancajas (28-1-1, 19), with the knock on effect being that Ancajas wouldn't be able to compete at the upcoming "Superfly 2" card and that any hopes of a bout between Ancajas and Naoya Inoue were dashed.
Thankfully whilst the unification bout is now off the table Ancajas won't have to wait long for his ring return, with an announcement that he would be featured as part of a triple header on February 3rd in Texas.
The talented Filipino won't be up against one of the divisions top tier names, such as Inoue, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Kal Yafai, Juan Francisco Estrada or Roman Gonzalez. On paper however he's up against someone who looks like a credible threat in the form of Israel Gonzalez (21-1, 8). On paper it looks a credible bout but the reality is that Gonzalez's best win was a decision last year against the faded Ramon Garcia Hirales, who seemingly retired after the bout on a 5 fight losing streak.
The bout is set to be aired along side world title defense for Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez and a bout for the WBO Lightweight title.
It's a shame that we don't get the chance to see Ancajas in with a top name and to prove himself as a truly elite Super Flyweight though hopefully we'll see that change later in the year. This bout however is likely to force Inoue to abandon any plans to unify at 115lbs and could act as a catalyst for him to move up to Bantamweight and will clearly be seen as a weak defense for Ancajas in a division stacked with great fighters. It's likely to be a showcase defense, to expose him to a US market, but could potentially freeze him out of bigger and better fights against fighters tied to HBO later in 2018.
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