Earlier this week saw rumnours emerge that IBF Super Flyweight champion McJoe Arroyo (17-0, 8) had suffered a hand injury recently that was putting this weekend's bout with Filipino mandatory challenger Jerwin Ancajas (24-1-1, 16) at jeopardy. Sadly it now appears the injury was more than just rumours and the bout has now been cancelled, just days before the show was set to take place.
From what we under-stand the IBF weren't originally informed of the injury, with the story breaking through boxingscene.com and the IBF then learning of the injury.
Given the failure to disclose the injury in a timely fashion it seems that the IBF will seriously review Arroyo's stance as champion and whilst they could order the bout to take place at another date they may also strip the champion for failing to adhere to their rules.
Sadly this leaves the promoter, fighters on the card, fans and of course Ancajas in a frustrating position and it seems clear that they may not want to go through the hassle of dealing with Arroyo again in the future, especially considering how he always seemed rather apprehensive of facing Ancajas in the Philippines.
Hopefully we'll hear about the IBF's decision in the near future and hopefully Ancajas won't be the overall loser in the situation.
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