Defending International Boxing Federation (IBF) World super flyweight champion McJoe Arroyo of Puerto Rico and Filipino challenger Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas will finally face off in their official weigh-in at 10 a.m. on Friday at the Philippine Navy Gymnasium (Jurado Hall) of the Philippine Marine Corps in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
The 12-round title fight, which has been postponed several times and has had a change of venue, will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, also at the Navy gym. Admission is free.
The 30-year-old Arroyo will only be making his first defense of the title he won via a 10th round technical decision against Filipino “King” Arthur Villanueva of Bacolod on July 18, 2015 in El Paso, Texas.
Arroyo is undefeated with 17 wins, eight knockouts while Ancajas, a native of Panabo City, Davao del Norte is toting 24 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw and 16 knockouts.
Ancajas lost his WBO Youth Asia Pacific super flyweight crown to fellow Filipino Mark Anthony Geraldo by a majority decision on March 17, 2012 in Lapu-Lapu City.
Geraldo, however, was beaten via a unanimous decision by Arroyo on Dec. 20, 2014 in a non-title bout in Puerto Rico.
After his setback from Geraldo, the 24-year-old Ancajas bounced back with 11 straight wins all via KO or technical knockout.
Ancajas stopped Armando Casa in the 4th round to capture the Luzproba bantamweight title on Aug. 30, 2013 in Lucena City. He also took the vacant IBF Pan Pacific super flyweight crown by stopping Anukul Promkamsaw in the first round on May 3, 2014 at the USEP Gym in Davao City.
Ancajas also won in China against against Xu Runlong (2012) and two in Macao against Thai Inthanon Sithchamuang (Tanawat Phonnaku) and Fadhili Majiha of Tanzania (2014).
Arroyo, on the other hand, was a bronze medalist in the 2007 World Amateur championships and has represented Puerto Rico in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
He is a former WBO Latino super flyweight champion via a TKO win over Felipe Rivas (2013). Arroyo also beat former WBA world flyweight champ Hernan ‘Tyson' Marquez of Mexico via an 11th round TKO on June 14, 2014. *PNA
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