Weights From Manila: Arroyo 114, Ancajas 115

By Jake Donovan

Barring any unforeseen circumstances in the next 24 hours or so, McJoe Arroyo and Jerwin Ancajas will finally meet in the ring.

Both boxers made weight for Saturday's super flyweight title fight in the Taguig City section of Manila, Philippines. Arroyo came in at 114-pounds - matching his career-lightest weight - as the unbeaten 30-year old titlist from Puerto Rico travels to hostile territory for his first defense. Ancajas checked in right at the 115-pound divisional limit. 

Arroyo (17-0, 8KOs) beat another Filipino contender to claim the title, scoring a technical decision win over Arthur Villanueva in their vacant title fight last July. The upcoming showdown with Ancajas will mark his first title defense, which he was hoping to bring home to Puerto Rico.

Such plans were once in place for a potential February 20 date, which would have served as part of a planned tripleheader to have aired on Showtime. However, the major components of such a show – namely a hoped-for third showdown between Roman Martinez and Orlando Salido – fell through, thus putting this mandatory title fight back at square one.

The fight eventually went to purse bid, won by Sampson Lewkowicz was the lone bidder – serving on behalf of Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotions - at a recent purse bid hearing, claiming the rights to the fight with a winning submission of $25,000 and plans to host the event on April 16  in Bacoor City, Philippines.

Arroyo's team was displeased with the turn of events - specifically the lack of support from adviser Al Haymon, who declined to dispatch a promoter from his Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) rotation to the purse bid. With that came the decision to bite down and settle for the hand which he was dealt. However, Arroyo suffered an untimely injury less than two weeks prior to fight night - a situation that was investigated and verified by the International Boxing Federation in order to grant a medical exemption.

The agreement was that Arroyo would keep his title on the condition that he face Ancajas - his mandatory contender - once medically cleared to return to the ring.  

What has since changed - along with the date - is the location and the promoter. Ancajas (24-1-1, 16KOs) will enter his first career title fight on home soil and with his local promoter - Joven Sports Promotion - as the event lead. 

All else remains the same, including their last fights since the bout was initially suggested. Arroyo hasn't fought since his title winning effort over Villanueva last July.

Ancajas has only been slightly more active, scoring a 1st round knockout of overmatched countryman Paul Apolinario last November to extend his win streak to 11 straight, all coming within the distance. However, none have come against the level of talent he faces on Saturday, as Arroyo endured a much tougher road to the title, along with his rich amateur background that included a tour with twin brother and current flyweight contender McWilliams Arroyo on the 2008 Puerto Rico Olympic boxing team.

Twitter: @JakeNDaBox_v2

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Corelone on 09-02-2016

This is why I go with the underdog, and I pick so many losers. Arroyo is getting buddy roughed all the way down the line. Haymon didn't bid, so Arroyo gets a low purse. Manny takes the money he saved…

Comment by Pain~Lucy on 09-02-2016

and some unknown pbc fighters are whining about 1m purse lmao

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Sanchez Rejects Claims That Golovkin Faded in Canelo Rematch Sampson: Sergio Martinez Taking Dangerous Risk With Chavez Jr. Victor Ortiz, Days Before Fight, Charged With Sexual Assault Photos: Jorge Linares, Romero Duno Hold Open Workouts Gennady Golovkin Meets With Promoter, Discusses Future Plans Dogboe, Teofimo Lopez in Line For Lomachenko-Pedraza Card Wilder's Manager Doubts Joshua Fight Will Happen in 2019 Canelo-Golovkin - No Robbery, Embrace The Fight For What It Is George Groves Warns Smith: I'm in The Form of My Life Saul Rodriguez To Return on Berchelt-Roman ESPN+ Card Photo: Carl Frampton, Josh Warrington - Face To Face at Presser Canelo-GGG Rematch Earned Less $$$ From Tickets Than 1st Fight Claressa Shields-Christina Hammer Set For 11/17 In Atlantic City Wilder's Team Have 'No Desire' For New Meeting on Joshua Deal Matchroom Inks Eight Year Content Deal With DAZN Canada Lomachenko vs. Pedraza Official For December 8, MSG Theater Angel Acosta vs. Abraham Rodriguez Tops Golden Boy Card News: Zhang Zhilei, Junior Younan, Kai Robin Havnaa, More Billy Joe Saunders Hit With £100,000 Fine By The BBBoC Jessie Vargas vs. Thomas Dulorme To Have WBC Silver at Stake Cunningham: I'll Resurrect Lubin, Guarantee He Will Rule at 154 Hearn: If Fury Beats Wilder, Rematch Will Prevent Joshua-Fury WBC Prez on Porter-Spence Unification, Thurman's Direct Shot Tony Bellew: I Know I'll Find A Way To Beat Usyk; I Always Do JJ McDonagh Blasts Eubanks as "Fakes" Nicola Adams Aims To Blast Out Millan For WBO Crown Usyk: One Reason We Agreed To Face Bellew - Is To Get Joshua! Michael Conlan: Vladimir Nikitin Will Be My First Step Up Golovkin's Coach Doubts Age Will Be a Factor in Canelo Trilogy Brian Rose Vows To Make His Comeback in Top Form Incessant Sanctioning Silliness Prompts Alternative Crusade Canelo Has No Issue Working Out New Deal With HBO Anthony Joshua: Dillian Whyte Deserves it More Than Tyson Fury Gamboa Views Juanma as Springboard To Lomachenko Fight Anthony Joshua Asks Tyson Fury: Why Am I a Sh*thouse? Alantez Fox Picks Up Return Win, Beats Elvin Ayala Canelo Alvarez Receives Medical Clearance For December Fight Crolla: If I Win, A Good Chance The Lomachenko Fights Happens Bellew: If I Don't Stop After This, My Wife Will Divorce Me! Espinoza: Showtime Not Going Anywhere; Spending More $$$ In 2019

Latest Active Forum Threads