MANILA, Philippines – Jerwin Ancajas will make the second defense of his IBF junior bantamweight title against mandatory challenger Teiru Kinoshita on the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn undercard July 2 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
The news was confirmed to RingTV by matchmaker Sean Gibbons, who represents Ancajas’ promoter MP Promotions.
Ancajas (26-1-1, 17 knockouts) of Panabo City, Philippines won the title via unanimous decision win last September over McJoe Arroyo and stopped Jose Alfredo Rodriguez after seven rounds in January to retain the belt.
Kinoshita (25-1-1, 8 KOs) of Osaka, Japan is six years older at 31 and likewise has lost just once, in 2014 against current WBO bantamweight titleholder Zolani Tete for the same title he’ll challenge for against Ancajas. The former Japanese junior bantamweight champion is rated No. 3 by the IBF but has since fought exclusively in eight-rounders against lesser opposition than he fought prior to the Tete fight.
Ancajas is ranked No. 8 by THE RING at 115 pounds while Kinoshita is unrated.
Texts and Facebook messages to Ancajas’ trainer Joven Jimenez seeking comment were not returned.
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