Junior bantamweight world titleholder Jerwin Ancajas and challenger Jonas Sultan will clash in a rare all-Filipino title fight that is said to be almost 100 years in the making.
The fight is set on May 26.
It will happen at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, according to an Instagram post by Nick Giongco.
Apparently, there has not been a world title fight between two Filipino boxers since then-flyweight world champion Pancho Villa, a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, retained his title by unanimous 15-round decision against countryman Clever Sencio on May 2, 1925, in Manila, according to Filipino media reports.
The Ancajas-Sultan fight was initially scheduled for April 14 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. It was supposed to be on the undercard of the fight between welterweight world titleholder Jeff Horn and 2017 ESPN.com fighter of the year Terence Crawford. However, Top Rank has to postpone the fight until June 9 because Crawford suffered a right-hand injury.
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