The powerful little man impressed and broke the knowledgeable Belfast fight fans’ hearts when he ended local favourite Jamie Conlan’s World title dreams in the SSE Arena in November.
Such was the Filipino’s display it had some ringside predicting he had pound for pound capabilities and he has been handed a real chance to move in that direction by impressing in America on an ESPN-televised Top Rank bill.
Ancajas will make his debut on Saturday February 3rd at the Bank of America Centre in Corpus Christi, Texas. “Pretty Boy” will face IBF #10 Israel Gonzalez [21(8)-1(0)] in the co-main event on the night.
The talented super fly, who could take over from Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire as a real flier of the Philippine flag, is said to be close to agreeing a deeper deal with Top Rank and thus becoming a stable mate of Conlan’s brother Mick.
Unheralded Mexican Gonzalez is not expected to pose too many problems for the 25 year old who has some big potential fights on his radar.
Ancajas has stopped fourteen of his last fifteen will make the fourth defence of his title on the Texan card – which comes three weeks prior to the ‘Superfly 2’ bill in California.
Also featuring alongside Ancajas in February will be WBC super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt, heavyweight world title challenger Andy Ruiz, and Teofimo Lopez. The card’s headliner is WBO super middleweight champ Gilberto Ramirez, who defends against Habib Ahmed.