Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas proved the doubters wrong, when he smashed Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo on the way to a unanimous decision victory becoming the new International Boxing Federation (IBF) world super flyweight champion at the Philippine Navy gym in Taguig City.
The scores were 118-110 (Gil Co of Philippines), 115-112 (Carlos Colon of Puerto Rico) and 117-110 (Takeo Harada of Japan).
Ancajas, 24, who was belittled by other boxing trainers prior to the fight, fought impressively in the first five rounds and surprised Arroyo with various combinations particularly using his right jabs although the Puerto Rican warrior was able to endure those punches until the fight went the distance.
“I really respected him (Arroyo) as world champion. He is a good boxer. Even though the fight was held here, he still fought hard,” Ancajas of Panabo Davao del Norte told The Manila Times during the post-fight interview. “McJoe [Arroyo] is very durable. I never imagined that he could endure my punches.”
The erstwhile undefeated Arroyo, who suffered his first loss in 18 fights with eight knockouts, engaged himself to a brawl in the later rounds against Ancajas but couldn’t land a solid punch allowing the Filipino fighter to score huge on massive counter-punching.
From eighth to the final 12th round, Ancajas adjusted pretty well hitting the 30-year-old Arroyo’s body instead of focusing on the head alone. Ancajas nailed a devastating counter left hook knocking Arroyo down on the canvass in the eight round.
“I was cautious too even though I went for some body shots, I didn’t give my all because he might score on counter-punch which I’m avoiding,” added Ancajas, who was accompanied by his wife and two sons after winning the title. “
Arroyo suffered another knockdown in the ninth round, but American referee Gene Del Bianco ruled it as a slip. In the last three rounds, the Puerto Rican went for the assault in trying to land a lucky punch but his punches were seemingly out of target and he appeared to be hurt by Ancajas’ body shots.