Earlier this month we reported that a purse bid had been held for the IBF Super Flyweight title fight between mandatory challenger Jerwin Ancajas (24-1-1, 16), of the Philippines, and reigning champion McJoe Arroyo (17-0, 8), of Puerto Rico. It now seems like the winner of that purse bid, Sampson Boxing who were working on behalf on MP Promotions, have set a date and venue for the bout.
Contracts from Sampson boxing were sent to Arroyo's team to sign with the bout details stating the contest would take place on April 16th at the Strike Coliseum in Bacoor City, in Ancajas's homeland.
The bid for the fight, just $25,000, is to be shared 85-15, with the champion getting 85% of the total purse, $21,250, whilst the challenge is set to get a paltry 15%, $3,750. Despite taking the small side of the purse Ancajas will likely feel that home advantage is worth some of that difference, especially given that national hero Manny Pacquiao will act as the promoter and be there as part of Ancajas's team.
Talking about Pacquiao, he will himself end his career a week earlier when he faces Timothy Bradley in what is expected to be the curtain closer on the Filipino's legendary career.
Interestingly there is some speculation that Arroyo is unhappy at being made to travel, especially for such a low sum, and may vacate his title, though it does seem unlikely given that he only won it last year and could find himself frozen out if he vacates the strap.
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