International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight Jerwin Ancajas made sure he will return to the country still a world champion.
The pride of Panabo Davao del Norte showed toughness and unleashed crisp punches to crush hometown bet Jamie Conlan and score a technical knockout (TKO) win in the sixth round to keep his belt Sunday morning (Philippine time) at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Ireland in the United Kingdom.
After getting deductions in the fifth round due to low blow, Ancajas, 25, went berserk in the sixth round and chased his Irish opponent in every corner of the ring.
A right hook from the reigning champion sent Conlan on the floor, forcing referee Steve Gray to end the fight with 2:10 left in the sixth round.
Trainer and manager Joven Jimenez told The Manila Times in an overseas call he was worried with Ancajas a day before the fight because he was a little bit sick due to the cold weather.
“I didn’t expect the sixth round knockout because he got sick here due to the cold weather. But Jerwin (Ancajas) is in good fighting condition and he’s willing to keep his title,” Jimenez said. “The referee stopped the fight because his opponent was totally beaten.”
Ancajas scored an early knockdown in the first round with a left hook and a combination of body shots also floored Conlan in the third round. Conlan, who suffered his first defeat in 20 fights with 11 knockouts, tried his best but Ancajas’ accurate punches were too much.
“It was an excellent performance of Jerwin. He followed our game plan pretty well,” said Jimenez.
It was Ancajas’ third straight title defense win after beating Mexican Jose Alfredo Rodriguez last January 29 in Macau and Japanese Teiru Kinoshita last July 2 in Brisbane, Australia. Ancajas improved his win-loss-draw record to 28-1-1 record with 19 knockouts.
All those wins were by knockouts, proving that Ancajas’ power punches have improved a lot since winning the IBF world title from Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo last September 3, 2016.