According to sources in the Philipines a deal has been struck for talented Filipino Jerwin Ancajas (24-1-1, 16) to get his mandatory shot at the IBF Super Flyweight champion McJoe Arroyo (17-0, 8) on September 3rd at the Strike Coliseum in Bacoor, Cavite, with a date and venue finally being set.
The bout was made earlier this year, with a date in April. Sadly Arroyo suffered an injury in the week leading up to the fight forcing it to be cancelled at very late notice. Arroyo had made his displeasure at a low payday well known prior to the pull out with some suspecting the injury was his way of collecting a bigger payday than the one he was allowed from the purse bid for the fight.
Arroyo has been told by the IBF that he must defend the title against his mandatory challenger or be stripped of the title, and whilst he has shown hesitation to travel for this fight it does seem like the IBF have had enough and will be indeed strip him if he pulls out of this arranged date. Especially given that he has been inactive since winning the title in July 2015, when he got a lot of love from the judges against Arthur Villanueva.
For Arroyo the bout with Ancajas will be his first defense and be his ring return following that win over Villanueva. For Ancajas it will be a long awaited for world title fight, and see him trying to extend an 11 fight stoppage run, it is however a step up in class for the exciting and talented Filipino.
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