International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight champion Jerwin “Prettyboy” Ancajas, who was also dubbed by Bob Arum as “The next Manny Pacquiao” will fight a mexican boxer Israel Gonzalez on February 3, 2018.
Gonzalez has reportedly been tapped to challenge Ancajas in a title match when the latter makes his US debut on February 3.
Their fight card will be headlined by a super-middleweight world title bout between champion Gilberto Ramirez and Habib Ahmed in Texas.
Ancajas’ team is waiting for matchmaker Sean Gibbons who will make the official announcement of the Filipino champ’s next bout. The announcement will be done at the Makati Square this coming Saturday.
Ancajas have already started training in anticipation of his February fight, which will be promoted by Bob Arum’s boxing promotions company, Top Rank Inc.
Arum has taken interest on Ancajas especially after the pride of Panabo City won a series of victories, the latest of which was his six-round victory over Jamie Conlan of Ireland.
About a month ago, Arum has labelled Ancajas as the “next Manny Pacquiao.”
“He is going to become a Top Rank fighter. We’re going to fight him at least three or four times a year. We call him the ‘next Manny Pacquiao,” Bob Arum said in a Nov.19 report by ABS CBN News.
Ancajas’ rumored next opponent, Gonzalez, has a professional record of 21-1-0 and was ranked No. 9 on IBF’s junior bantamweight list while Ancajas has a professional record of 28-1-1 and has been holding his IBF junior bantamweight title since September 2016.