JERWIN Ancajas goes to the lion's den as he stakes his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight crown on Nov. 18.
Ancajas travels to Belfast, Ireland to battle undefeated local hero Jamie Conlan. The 30-year-old challenger is the older brother of upcoming pro and former world amateur champion Michael Conlan.
The 5-foot-7 Conlan just confirmed the 12-round bout in his Twitter account @JamieConlan11.
"Delighted to be fighting for the IBF world title, Nov. 18 in Belfast," he tweeted. "Reaction today has been amazing, now the fun begins."
Curiously, Conlan used the hashtag #AndTheNew, implying he'll beat and dethrone the reigning champion from Panabo City, Davao del Norte.
Conlan is undefeated in 19 fights, 11 of which he won by way of knockout.
The fight serves as the main undercard in the ring comeback of former world featherweight champion Carl Frampton.
Like Conlan, Frampton is also a native of Ireland.
It will be the first fight of the 30-year-old Frampton since dropping a majority decision against Leo Sta. Cruz to lose his World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight crown last January at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Ancajas will be making the third defense of his title this year overseas after previously winning over Mexican Jose Alfredo Rodriguez in Macau last January and Teiru Kinoshita of South Korea in July as the main undercard in the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title match between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia.
The Filipino southpaw, who fights under the MP Promotions, won the 115 lbs title belt over McJoe Arroyo last year. He has a ring record of 27-1-1 with 18 KOs.