By Steve Kim
IBF super flyweight belt-holder Jerwin Ancajas has been creating some buzz recently with a string of strong outings, most recently his sixth round stoppage of Jamie Conlan on November 18th in Belfast.
Ancajas (28-1-1, 19 KO's) is part of a strong weight class that is now featured regularly on HBO.
But don't expect him to be on any 'Super Fly' cards in the near future.
Ancajas was being mention as a possible candidate to appear on the next edition of Super Fly, taking place on the HBO televised date of February 24, but that's not going to happen.
Because it's been revealed that the Filipino fighter is going to be promoted by Top Rank, who parted ways with HBO earlier this year and now have an exclusive television deal with ESPN.
"He is going to become a Top Rank fighter," Bob Arum told BoxingScene.com. "We're going to fight him at least three or four times a year. We call him the 'Next Manny Pacquiao."
Top Rank has a good history with promoting Filipino fighters, like Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire and a few fighters from the MP Promotions stable.
On July 1st, Ancajas appeared on Pacquiao's undercard in Brisbane, Australia, where he halted Teiru Kinoshita in seven rounds on a bout that was a part of that ESPN broadcast, where he will be featured once again.
As for when his next fight will be, Arum stated, "it will be in February."
The majority of Ancajas' potential opponents in the weight class are fighting on HBO, like WBO champion Naoya Inoue, Roman Gonzalez, Juan Francisco Estrada, WBC champion Sor Rungvisia, Carlos Cuadras and several others. However, many of them are not contractually tied to HBO - which could allow them to cross the network street to fight Ancajas on ESPN.
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.