By Nick Giongco
International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas is making his Mexican debut on Dec. 7.
Ancajas, who was supposed to defend the IBF 115-lb crown for the eighth time against Jonathan Rodriguez last Nov. 2 in Carson, California, will now face Miguel Gonzalez of Chile.
The fight will serve as the main supporting bout to a headliner starring Emanuel Navarrete, who is Mexico’s fastest rising star.
The venue will be the Auditorio GNP Seguros in the city of Puebla.
Top Rank was forced to put Ancajas on this card after his showdown with Rodriguez was scrapped owing to visa issues two days before the fight.
Last time he was in the ring, Ancajas mauled Japanese mandatory challenger Ryuichi Funai in Stockton, California, last May.
Ancajas sports a 31-1-2 with 21 KOs while Gonzalez totes a 31-2- with eight KOs.
“I am ready to defend my world title in front of the great Mexican fans,” said Ancajas, who opted to stay behind in Redondo Beach to resume his training.
“This is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for. This is my time,” said Gonzalez.