International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight champion, McJoe Arroyo, is confident that his first defense of the 115-pound belt against Jerwin Ancajas finally landing in the United States.
Although it was announced that the bout between Arroyo (17-0, 8 KOs) and Ancajas (24-1-1, 16 KOs) has time and place (on April 16 in the Philippines) the Puerto Rican, who has the advice of powerful Al Haymon, hopes Haymon can make the fight be made in America.
“I am confident that this fight may eventually be in the United States. My adviser Al Haymon is the best in the business. Haymon is a person who always works in the best interests of his boxers and I am sure that he will achieve that,” Arroyo said.
Arroyo-Ancajas fight was to be held in early 2016 with the parties agreed, but for different reasons did not materialize. However, the IBF made a purse bid several weeks ago and Sampson Boxing was the only one who participated, offering just $25,000 for the fight and proposing to make it in the Philippines in April.
Arroyo (17-0, 8 KOs) won the IBF belt at 115 pounds on July 18, 2015, when he won a 10 rounds technical decision over Filipino Arthur Villanueva in El Paso, Texas. The Puerto Rican is an experienced boxer, who won a bronze medal at the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Chicago, and also bronze medal at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games in Colombia.
While Ancajas (24-1-1, 16 KOs), the #3 ranked by the IBF at 115 pounds, fought twice in 2015 beating Juan Purisima and Paul Apolinario by KO in May and Novermber, respectively.