The IBF Super Flyweight title title has been a frustrating one in recent years, with only 5 title bouts in the last 5 years. Not only has the title been one of the most inactive but it's been one of the most frustrating to even get excited about, with Zolani Tete vacating it after one defense, McJoe Arroyo winning it in a thoroughly forgetable contest, and then surrending his reign in his first defense with a terrible performance.
Things have been almost as frustrating for the IBF in terms of final eliminators, with a cancellation this year of an eliminator between Teiru Kinoshita (25-1-1, 8) [位帝里 木下] and former champion McJoe Arroyo (17-1, 8), with Arroyo pulling out of the bout less than a week before the scheduled fight date. The bout was supposed to decide the mandatory challenger for the man who beat Arroyo, Filipino Jerwin Ancajas (26-1-1, 17).
With the eliminator not being rescheduled the IBF has seemingly lost patience with Arroyo and our sources have reported that have now ordered the teams for Kinoshita and Ancajas to negotiate for a mandatory defense for the Filipino, who has himself had a frustrating time dealing with Arroyo who pulled out of a scheduled bout before finally facing Ancajas.
Although there is a negotiating window it does seem like the bout could end up going to pure bids later this month if the teams can't arrange a deal in the coming days.
For Ancajas the bout will serve as his second defense of the title, following a defense earlier this year against the over-matched and under-skilled Jose Alfredo Rodriguez whilst Kinoshita will be getting his second shot at the title, following a July 2014 loss to Zolani Tete, amazingly since that bout the title has only been fought for 4 times!
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