Earlier this year we saw a break out win by under-rated Filipino Jerwin Ancajas (25-1-1, 16), who upset the previous undefeated McJoe Arroyo back in September. With that win Ancajas claimed the IBF Super Flyweight title and put himself in the mix for some huge fights during 2017. Despite being a title holder in the same division as Naoya Inoue, Roman Gonzalez, Carlos Cuadras, Sho Ishida and Juan Francisco Estrada no one would have expected Ancajas to fight with the big dogs in his first defense and that's proven to be the case with the recent announcement of his firest defense.
Although Ancajas is rightfully getting an "easy" first defense it's not a gimme defense as he returns on January 29th in Macao to face Mexican veteran Jose Alfredo Rodriguez (32-4, 19).
Rodriguez is probably best known to Asian fight fans for his either his 2011 win over Thai Nethra Sasiprapa in 2011, to claim the WBA "interim" Light Flyweight title or his 2012 loss to Kazuto Ioka, in a bout for the vacant regular title. Sadly for Rodriguez he has gone 4-4 in his last 8, dating back more than 5 years, though has proven himself as a fringe contender in the past and is a solid first defense for Ancajas, who will likely look to face stiffer competition later in the year.
At the moment little is known about the card but it will be promoted by MP Promotions and will also feature Drian Francisco (28-4-1, 22).
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