International Boxing Federation (IBF) super fly-weight champion Jerwin Ancajas retained his title on Sunday after scoring a seventh-round technical knockout win against Teiru Kinoshita at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
The 25-year-old from Panabo City, Davao del Norte started impressively and hit the challenger in the rib cage with a solid right hook in the seventh round to keep his belt in their world title fight that served as one of the undercards for the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn main event clash.
“We didn’t expect a knockout,” Ancajas’ trainer and manager Joven Jimenez told The Manila Times on Sunday. “We just made sure that our performance per round is accurate and Jerwin (Ancajas) did it.”
After the sixth round, the Japanese was seen wobbling and couldn’t engage anymore with the Ancajas, who delivered a devastating right hook that brought down Kinoshita on his knees that forced the referee to stop the fight with 1:53 left in the seventh round.
Kinoshita, 31, managed to beat the 10-count but the referee stopped the fight.
“Jerwin hit him in the ribs and the knockout came,” added Jimenez. “We’re very happy with the result. Our hard work really paid off. Everybody knows that Jerwin is really a hardworking fighter. He trained so hard for this title defense.”
Ancajas, who improved to 27-1-1 win-loss-draw record with 18 knockouts, hurt Kinoshita (25-2-1 record with eight knockouts) in the second round after hitting him with a solid left hook resulting a cut above the Japanese’s right eye.
But Kinoshita, known for being a technical fighter, refused to give up in the succeeding rounds and Ancajas solid body shot in the seventh round finished him off.
It was Ancajas’ second successful title defense after beating Mexican Jose Alfredo Rodriguez last January 29 in Macau, China via sixth round technical knockout win.
Ancajas became a world titleholder after winning via unanimous decision over McJoe Arroyo of Puerto Rico last September 9 in Taguig City.