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McJoe Arroyo set for first title defense

Unbeaten junior bantamweight titlist McJoe Arroyo, right, will defend his belt in the Philippines against Jerwin Ancajas. AP Photos

On the same day that flyweight contender McWilliams Arroyo landed a shot against champion Roman Gonzalez, which is scheduled for April 23 at the Forum in Inglewood, California, on the Gennady Golovkin-Dominic Wade undercard, his twin brother's first title defense was set.

McJoe Arroyo, 30, of Puerto Rico, will travel to the Philippines to make his first title defense in Manila against Jerwin Ancajas, a Manny Pacquiao-promoted fighter.

Arroyo (17-0, 8 KOs), a southpaw, won a vacant 115-pound belt by 10th-round technical decision against Arthur Villanueva in July. The fight was stopped and sent to the scorecards after Villanueva suffered a cut from an accidental head clash and was unable to continue.

Ancajas (24-1-1, 16 KOs), 24, has won 11 fights in a row since a 2012 majority decision loss to Mark Anthony Geraldo, who lost a unanimous decision to Arroyo in December 2014.

"Manny said, 'This is a dream to be able to have one of my boxers under my promotional banner fight for a world title in the Philippines,'" said Sean Gibbons, matchmaker for MP Promotions.