By Nick Giongco
Las Vegas on April 14 or Philadelphia on April 28 are the working dates for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight mandatory title fight between champion Jerwin Ancajas and challenger Jonas Sultan, Top Rank said yesterday.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told Tempo yesterday that a deal will be in place within the week.
If the fight lands on the 14th, it will be underneath the world welter war between Jeff Horn and Terence Crawford.
And if it is moved two weeks later, it will be in Philly and on ESPN since Top Rank and the network have forged an alliance.
Last time Ancajas fought, he stopped Israel Gonzalez of Mexico in Corpus Christi, Texas, and shown on ESPN.
As Arum prepares to dot the Is and cross the Ts, the two fighters are already deep in training in their respective camps: Ancajas in Cavite and Sultan in Cebu.
Meanwhile, Arum doesn’t have anything bad to say about Manny Pacquiao’s plans to explore Malaysia for his comeback fight in June.
Pacquiao is looking at Lucas Matthysse of Argentina or Danny Garcia of the US in a fight being eyed for Kuala Lumpur.
“That’s fine,” said Arum from his Las Vegas office.